Robotics - Market Research and Insights

Robotics have been used for decades in manufacturing with the automotive industry having led this revolution. However, the industry is entering a major new growth cycle and transformation: rising labor costs and a lack of availability of workers is driving industries to implement robotics to remain competitive by reducing costs and improving efficiencies.

Collaborative robots could potentially be the “next big thing” for the industry’s evolution, enabling robots and humans to work alongside one another in both production lines and logistics environments. Human-robot collaboration (HRC) has the potential to transform manufacturing further, but the pace of this remains to be seen, despite the current hype.

Like industrial robots, mobile robots have long been used to aid manufacturing, with automated guided vehicles – or AGVs – helping to reduce human labor by transporting materials around a production facility. This market however is also undergoing a major transformation currently. Firstly, simple AGVs are being replaced by more advanced autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that do not need a physical guidance system, which enables faster deployment and much greater flexibility in routing. Secondly, the booming e-Commerce sector has fuelled demand for robotics in logistics and warehousing as retailers compete to provide consumers with next-day or even same-day delivery amidst a backdrop of rising labor costs. Internet giant, Amazon was a pioneer in this approach and its acquisition of leading mobile robot vendor Kiva left a major technology gap and vacuum that has been filled by dozens of start-ups.

Interact Analysis’ research leadership has close to 100 years’ experience in technology research and has deep roots in the industrial automation and robotics industries. In fact, our analysts have been providing detailed and quality market research on this sector for more than 20 years, making us world-class experts on the topic.

Latest Robotics Research

The Industrial Robot Market – 2019

The Industrial Robot Market - 2019

After more than 6 months researching the industry, this updated report analyzes the market by robot type, payload, application, industry ... Read More
The Collaborative Robot Market – 2019

The Collaborative Robot Market - 2019

An updated analysis on the market based on over 30 in-depth interviews and a highly detailed database ... Read More
The North American Market for Palletizers – 2019

The North American Market for Palletizers - 2019

A new report produced to help those involved in palletizing explore the market by palletizer type, region, and industry ... Read More
Mobile Robots – 2019

Mobile Robots - 2019

An updated analysis of AGVs & AMRs used in manufacturing & logistics ... Read More
The Future of Warehouse Automation – 2019

The Future of Warehouse Automation - 2019

An in-depth assessment of the market with an unprecedented level of granularity forecasting the market by region, country, end-user industry, ... Read More
Collaborative Robots – 2018

collaborative robot market

Benefiting from a desire for ever-increasing automation in industry, collaborative robots have seen a recent spike in popularity. But is ... Read More
Industrial Robots – 2018

Industrial Robots - 2018

The industrial robot market is poised for ongoing growth over the next five years as end users’ investment in automation ... Read More
Mobile Robots – 2018

Autonomous mobile robots in factory

An analysis of the opportunity for AGVs and AMRs in manufacturing and logistics material handling applications ... Read More


Latest Insights

Five Warehouse Automation Trends That Industrial Automation Vendors Need To Be Thinking About

Five Warehouse Automation Trends That Industrial Automation Vendors Need To Be Thinking About

Over the past 10 years, the way in which we order things and interact with retailers has changed significantly, and ... Read More
Warehousing In India – Time To Take Note

Warehousing In India – Time To Take Note

In recent years, India has emerged as the fastest-growing major economy in the world. Estimates place it on course to ... Read More
The Future of Smart Logistics Automation: Geek+ Decathlon AMR whitepaper

The Future of Smart Logistics Automation: Geek+ Decathlon AMR whitepaper

Logistics automation company Geek+ recently helped sporting goods retail company Decathlon radically accelerate its warehouse automation program. We have worked ... Read More
Investment in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) Companies Accelerates As Market Set For Next Phase Of Growth

Investment in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) Companies Accelerates As Market Set For Next Phase Of Growth

The investment-potential of AMRs has been recognised   “We have always envisioned a world where robots make the lives of people ... Read More


In the News

July 2020Robotics Business Review

Investment in AMR Companies Accelerates as Market Set for Next Phase Of Growth

July 2020Design NewsRobot Market Takes a Hit from COVID-19
June 2020Robotics Business Review

The Rise of Ocado: An In-depth Assessment of the Grocery Warehouse Automation Market

June 2020Robotics and Automation News

Coronavirus expected to cut industrial robot revenue by more than 8 per cent this year

June 2020The GrocerOcado’s £1bn fundraise announcement: What the analysts say
June 2020Robotics Tomorrow

COVID-19 To Reduce 2020 Industrial Robot Revenue By >8%, Followed By A Rapid Growth To Return From 2021

June 2020Inside Logistics

COVID-19 to reduce 2020 industrial robot revenue

June 2020SHD LogisticsThe rise of Ocado: from online grocery retailer to e-commerce and fulfilment technology provider
May 2020The GrocerHow coronavirus will herald a new era of automation in grocery
May 2020DC Velocity

Forecast: AMR and AGV robot sales will soon bounce back from Covid-19 hit

May 2020The Hindu BusinessLineCobots expected to play increasing role in post-Covid-19 automation
May 2020Robotics Business ReviewChina Source of 50% of Collaborative Robotics Shipments by 2023
May 2020Food LogisticsForklifts: Li-Ion to be a Major Power Source by 2028
April 2020The Robot ReportForwardX completes Series B+ round for vision-guided mobile robots
April 2020Industry TodayForwardX Raises $15 Million in New Funding Round
April 2020Robotics & InnovationForwardX Robotics raises US$15m in latest funding round
April 2020ZDNetRobots are taking over during COVID-19 (and there's no going back)
April 2020Supply and Demand Chain ExecutiveForwardX Robotics Raises $15M in New Funding Round
April 2020Vecna RoboticsRobotic Fork trucks Set for Lift Off
April 2020Robotics Business ReviewRobotic Fork Trucks Set for Lift Off
April 2020Inbound Logistics3PLs Flex Their Tech Muscle
April 2020Robotics TomorrowForwardX Robotics Raises $15 Million in New Funding Round
April 2020Inside LogisticsWarehouse automation market to see significant slowdown
March 2020Yahoo FinanceGeek+ and Bosch Rexroth Announce Technology Partnership
March 2020SHD LogisticsFigures support growth in warehouse automation market
March 2020The GrocerWhat does ‘micro-fulfilment’ mean for the future of rapid delivery?
March 2020Control EngineeringCollaborative robot market growing along with their popularity
March 2020WWDCoronavirus Impacts Supply Chain, Crucial Contingency Plans Needed
February 2020Control EngineeringThe future of the industrial and collaborative robot markets for 2020 and beyond
February 2020DC VelocityFor warehouse robotics, the dock is the final frontier
February 2020Logistics Middle EastHow smart tech can transform warehousing
February 2020Handling & Storage SolutionsAnalyst sees growth in robotic forklifts
January 2020The Manufacturing ConnectionCobot and Mobile drive robot market growth
January 2020Control DesignCobot market to reach $5.6 billion in 2027 despite slowing 2019 growth for overall industrial robot market, says Interact Analysis
December 2019Connected Technology SolutionsCobot market to account for 30% of total robot market by 2027
December 2019Smart IndustryCobots will represent 30% of the total robot market by 2027
December 2019Robotics Business ReviewThe Robotics Sector in 2020 and Beyond: Predictions from Industry Gurus
December 2019Michigan RadioMeet your new coworker. It's a robot.
December 2019Robotics TomorrowIndustrial Robots market slows in 2019 but long-term forecast is positive – Interact Analysis
December 2019Robotics and Automation NewsGrowth of industrial robot market ‘slowed in 2019 but long-term forecast is positive’
December 2019Automation.comInteract Analysis Report: Industrial robot market slows in 2019
December 2019Connectivity4irIndustrial robots market slows in 2019 but long-term forecast is positive
December 2019Material Handling & LogisticsCobots Expanding Their Reach in Robot Market
December 2019Control EngineeringCollaborative robot market rapidly expanding according to report
December 2019Refrigerates and Frozen FoodsStudy: Cobot market to account for 30% of total robot market by 2027
December 2019Supply Chain QuarterlyReport: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023
December 2019Robotics TomorrowCobot Market to account for 30% of Total Robot Market by 2027 – Interact Analysis
December 2019Robotics & Automation NewsCollaborative robotics market to account for 30 per cent of total robot market by 2027, says report
December 2019DC VelocityReport: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023
November 2019Handling & Storage SolutionsOrder fulfilment robots tipping point emerging
November 2019Mergers & AcquisitionsSmart supermarkets become popular, as Kroger, Walmart add them
November 2019Modern Materials HandlingTompkins Robotics partners with Bastian Solutions
November 2019The Robot ReportWarehouse automation market to grow globally, finds Interact Analysis
October 2019DC VelocityTeradyne acquires autonomous forklift vendor AutoGuide for $165 million
October 2019Inside LogisticsForecast sunny for warehouse automation
October 2019FORWARDER Magazine - pg 80Double-digit growth forecast for warehouse automation market
September 2019CNBCVIDEO - Why the US has been slow to adopt electric buses
September 2019Modern Materials HandlingResearch from Interact Analysis outlines potential challenges ahead for warehouse automation market
September 2019Parcel & Postal TechnologyIs the price right for Shopify’s acquisition of 6 River Systems?
September 2019Inside LogisticsShopify deal values 6 River Systems at 60 times revenue
September 2019Robotics Business ReviewShopify to Acquire 6 River Systems for $450 Million
September 2019Refrigerated & Frozen FoodsStudy reveals growth in autonomous mobile robots for order fulfillment applications
September 2019Robotics Business ReviewReport: 580,000+ Order-Filling Robots to Work in Warehouses by 2023
September 2019Material Handling & LogisticsOrder Fulfillment Mobile Robots Start to Deliver
September 2019DC VelocityDemand for fulfillment robots to soar
September 2019Supply & Demand Chain ExecutiveOrder Fulfillment Mobile Robots Start to Deliver
September 2019The Robot ReportOrder fulfillment tipping point reached for mobile robots, says Interact Analysis
August 2019Robotics TomorrowOrder Fulfilment Mobile Robots Start to Deliver, says Interact Analysis
August 2019Warehouse TotaalGlobal warehouse automation market doubles
August 2019Robotics Business ReviewWarehouse Automation Growth Remains Strong, With a Possible Blip
August 2019Material Handling & LogisticsWarehouse Automation Growing, But for How Long?
August 2019DC VelocityStudy: Challenges ahead for warehouse automation market
August 2019Outlook SeriesWarehouse Automation CAGR Forecast at 12.6%
August 2019Supply Chain QuarterlyStudy: Challenges ahead for warehouse automation market
June 2019American Journal of TransportationSix River Systems' "cobots" work the niche of smaller DCs
April 2019Robotics Business Review8 Must-Watch Video Interviews From ProMat and Automate
April 2019Multi channel Merchant4 Million Warehouse Robots Will Be in 50,000 Locations By 2025
March 2019The Robot ReportAutonomous mobile robots grow beyond car manufacturing, get heavier loads
March 2019Control Engineering Europe20,000 autonomous mobile robots shipped in 2018
March 2019Robotics Business ReviewProMat Preview: What’s Really Happening With Mobile Robots
January 2019RoboProUniversal Robots continues to dominate cobot market
January 2019Robotics Business ReviewCobot Market Outlook Still Strong, Says Interact Analysis
January 2019Robotics & Automation NewsInfographic: Collaborative robots market continues to grow
January 2019The Boston GlobeHow a Mass. robot maker lost its mojo
December 2018Manufacturing.NetTo Cobot, or Not
December 2018Industry EuropeAutomation focus: The rise of the cobots
November 2018Drives & ControlsChallengers chip away at UR’s dominance of cobot market
November 2018Robotics & Automation NewsAnalysis: Universal Robots continues to dominate cobot market but faces many challengers
October 2018Drives & ControlsCollaborative robot market ‘will grow by 60% in 2018’
October 2018Robotics TomorrowCollaborative Robot Market to Grow by 60% in 2018
July 2018RoboBusinessRobot Investments Weekly: GreyOrange Grabs the Green in Super-Hot Mobile Market
July 2018Modern Materials HandlingHow robotics can fit your operation
June 2018Robotics Business ReviewAmazon Robotics’ Tye Brady: Humans at Heart of Robot Success
May 2018MHIMobile robot market forecasted to reach $7 billion by 2022
May 2018DC VelocityReport: mobile robot revenue to reach $7 billion by 2022
May 2018Drives and ControlsSales of AGVs and mobile robots will hit $1.5bn this year
May 2018Robotics TomorrowManufacturing Sector Creating Huge Demand for AGVs & AMRs
April 2018Robotics Business ReviewTeradyne’s acquisition of Mobile Industrial Robots could spark further consolidation in the mobile robotics space.
March 2018Robotics and Automation NewsNew Study: Mobile robots in logistics centers to exceed $3bn in 2022
March 2018Robotics TomorrowMobile Robots in Logistics Centers to Surpass $3bn in 2022