According to a recent report from Interact Analysis, more than 100,000 mobile robots,
including automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), will be shipped globally in 2021. The total number of robots supplied in 2021 increased by 70% over the previous year, generating a 36% rise in income.
In 2021, sales of mobile robots reached over $3 billion. AMRs eclipsed AGVs in revenue last year
for the first time in the more than 40 years that AGVs have been available on the market. AMRs generated $1.6 billion in revenue per year, while AGVs came in about $300 million behind AMRs.
AMRs outsold AGVs in terms of the quantity of units shipped. Compared to 18,000 AGVs, 82,000 AMRs were shipped in 2021. Both markets should keep expanding, according to Interact Analysis.
It predicts that by 2025, AMR shipments will total 640,000, compared to just 43,000 for AGV shipments
By 2032, the logistics, delivery, and storage industries will account for a $83 billion market for mobile robots. According to a paper by IDTechEx titled Mobile Robotics in Logistics, Warehousing, and Delivery 2022-42, over the following 10 years to 2042, it will grow by 251 percent to $334 billion.
China is the largest market for mobile robots, accounting for 40% of global exports in 2021. The United States, which accounted for more than 25% of shipments, came in second to China.
According to Interact Analysis, there will be about two million robot installations worldwide by 2025. The market is anticipated to be dominated by China and the United States, but growth is also anticipated in other nations with high labour costs, low unemployment, and high e-commerce penetration.
The UK is one of these nations, with estimates of 2,300 units shipping in 2021. Interact Analysis predicts that figure will increase by 700% by 2025 to reach over 18,500 units shipped.