December 15, 2016: In China, Robots are gradually taking over manufacturing sector jobs. Over 68,000 industrial robots were sold last year of foreign brands, mostly. To meet the growing demand, 64,000 were made locally this year.
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According to PTI, Qu Daokui, president of the robot industry alliance and CEO of Shenyang-based Siasun Robot and Automation Co, said, “Despite the rapid growth of the sector, sales is still dominated by foreign brands in China.”
The alliance said, “68,000 industrial robots were sold in China in 2015, while Chinese brands saw total sales of only 22,257 units during that year.”
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In the first 11 months of 2016, over 64,000 industrial robots, including Chinese and foreign brands, were produced in China. Whereas, just a year back, in 2015 only 32,996 were made for the entire year.
A state-run China Daily quoted experts as saying, “The full year’s production for 2016 is expected to surpass 70,000 units”
Also, the government said that China will be publishing standards to regulate its burgeoning robot industry while pushing for wider robotic applications in key industries, according to PTI.
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The report said, “The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will work out standards for the industry that will cover such aspects as product quality, research and development capabilities, staff qualifications, sales practises, and social responsibility.”
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