China's robot market is huge, "four big families" accelerate domestic layout
Time： 2018-07-26 15:52:31
With the rise of labor costs, China's demographic dividend has gradually disappeared, and the manufacturing “machine substitution” has gradually become mainstream. China will form a huge industrial robot market. In the face of this big blue ocean in China, the four giants of global robots - KUKA, FANUC, Yaskawa and ABB have launched actions to accelerate the depth of the Chinese market.
With the gradual disappearance of the demographic dividend, China has become the world's largest industrial robot market. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, by 2020, China will form a relatively complete industrial robot industry system, with a high-end market share of more than 45%. At present, the use of industrial robots in China is mainly concentrated in the automotive industry and the electrical and electronic industry, arc welding robots, spot welding robots, and handling robots.
Since 2016, machine substitution has become an urgent need for business development. In addition, as the price of industrial robots continues to decrease, the effect of machine substitution is very obvious. The huge potential of China's industrial robot market has attracted the attention of the four major families of robots, KUKA, FANUC, Yaskawa and ABB. Several companies have accelerated the layout of the market in China.
On April 24, Yaskawa Electric and Changying Precision signed a contract in Dongguan Songshan Lake to form a joint venture company, Guangdong Tianji Robot Co., Ltd. As one of the four recognized robot companies in the world, Yaskawa Electric and Changying Precision have joined forces to leverage their strengths in technology and market, and are committed to developing cutting-edge small six-axis industrial robots to enhance China's domestic market. The quality and core technology of robot products.
After the establishment of the joint venture company, Tianji Robotics plans to produce 500 small six-axis robots in 2017, 2000 units in 2018, and an annual production capacity of 10,000 units by 2021.
As one of the world's four major robot brands, Yaskawa holds the core technology of robots such as servo motors and motion control systems, and its bloodlines are very pure. Yaskawa's cost-effectiveness has always been a global leader. From the perspective of Yaskawa, the choice of Changying Precision as a partner for the development of small six-axis robots is more important for Changying Precision's accumulation in the 3C industry and the huge market that can be opened.
After the establishment of the joint venture between Yaskawa and Changying Precision, Tianji Robotics plans to produce 500 small six-axis robots in 2017, 2000 units in 2018, and an annual production capacity of 10,000 units by 2021.
ABB, according to Japanese media reports, one of the world's top four industrial robots, Switzerland ABB will open a large-scale sales and service base called "application center" in Chongqing in the inland region of China in 2017. In the Chinese mainland, investment opportunities to promote economic development are increasing, and ABB hopes to seize the demand for automation.
Currently, ABB is advancing the preparations for the application center. It is estimated that the area of the center will reach a scale of several thousand square meters, and the investment amount has not been announced. Industrial robots will be set up in the center, equipped with sales personnel and technical support engineers.
ABB has the same base in Qingdao and Zhuhai along the coast of China. The application center in Zhuhai plans to implement relocation and scale up in 2017. Li Gang, head of ABB's China robotics business, said that in China, three bases are not enough. In the future, it is necessary to open a center in areas such as the north.
The same is true of Chongqing’s FANUC among the “Four Big Family”. It is understood that FANUC has already started construction technology center in Chongqing, China as early as 2016. At the time, Fana’s CEO, Inaba, said that he was hoping to use the Chongqing Technology Center to train talents such as robot engineers or system engineers to contribute to Chongqing’s development.
"We are ready to cooperate with Chongqing's automakers to promote intelligent use and bring cutting-edge robotics to Chongqing." Inaba said. In recent years, progress has been made in capital investment in inland areas where economic development is lagging behind coastal areas. Fanuc is also discussing the establishment of a technology center in Chongqing in 2018 as a sales and service base.
KUKA in the "Four Big Family" has already been of Chinese descent. It was officially acquired by China Midea Group this year and became an important part of the US industrial ecology. In view of the huge market base, perfect sales channels and good consumption viscosity of Midea Group in China, KUKA is expected to become a prominent achievement in the robot market in China in the “Four Big Family”.
The high attention of the “four big families” of the global robot to the Chinese market proves that the peak of the development of the Chinese robot market is far from coming, and the market potential is still huge. While strengthening cooperation with the "Four Big Family", domestic robot enterprises should also be based on the future and build their own core competitiveness from the quality, so as to promote the sustainable development of the enterprise and drive the intelligent transformation of the industry. made in China.