Robots to Create More Than a Million Jobs by 2016

ROBOTICS will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years. The announcement is based on a study conducted by the market research firm, Metra Martech, "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment", which was published on Thursday in Tokyo.

Tokyo, 10 November 2011 - ROBOTICS will be a major driver for global job creation over the

next five years. The announcement is based on a study conducted by the market research firm,
Metra Martech, "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment", which was published on
Thursday in Tokyo.

One million industrial robots currently in operation have been directly responsible for the creation of
close to three million jobs, the study concluded. A growth in robot use over the next five years will
result in the creation of one million high quality jobs around the world. Robots will help to create jobs
in some of the most critical industries of this century: consumer electronics, food, solar & wind power, and advanced battery manufacturing to name just a few.

Industrial Robots save production locations and millions of jobs.
In additional to the million jobs expected to be directly created by the increased use of robotics, the
report's authors also highlighted that saving manufacturing jobs also results in saving jobs
throughout the community. This means that restaurants, shops and the service economy also
benefit from this valuable ripple effect.

"In world terms three to five million of jobs would not exist if automation and robotics had not been
developed to enable cost effective production of millions of electronic products, from Phones to

"Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment" by Metra Martech November 2011

The Report highlights that between 2000-2008, manufacturing employment increased in nearly every
major industrialised country, even as the use of robotics increased sharply. This same pattern is
now being seen in China, Brazil, and other emerging countries as they rapidly increase their use of
robotics. In Brazil, the number of robots almost quadrupled during the study period with both
production and employment rising by over 20%.
The Report found that manufacturing employment is stronger in countries that continue to accelerate
their robot investments.

"The German and Japanese (automotive) manufacturers who have invested heavily in automation
and robots have maintained a lead in the quality market. Germany has increased the number of
people employed in the automotive sector."
"Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment" by Metra Martech November 2011

Critical areas of growth in robotic deployment
The report's author, Peter Gorle, highlighted three critical areas of growth in robotic deployment
 robots carry out work in areas that would be unsafe for humans
 robots carry out work that would not be economically viable in a high wage economy
 robots carry out work that would be impossible for humans.

Marlin Steel, Baltimore, MD, USA, is an excellent illustration of the points made in the Report
regarding the advantages of using robots within an unsafe working environment. Since Marlin began
introducing automation a dozen years ago, not only has the company benefited, but so have the

Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel's CEO of Marlin Steel bought the company in 1998. At that time, its
employees were paid $6/hour with no benefits and they typically produced 300 hand bends in an
hour. "It was a boring job and an unsafe job, with a low level of quality", said Mr. Greenblatt. "Now
our employees are paid $25 to $30/hour including bonuses, overtime and great benefits. Each
employee oversees four robots that produce 20,000 CNC bends in an hour and the quality has sky
rocketed, Last year was our most successful one as a business, exporting to more than 30
countries. We've increased our workforce by more than a quarter. Thanks to the robots, jobs at
Marlin are both interesting and safe."
Odense, Denmark, is an excellent illustration of robots saving jobs in high-wage countries.
Shipbuilding in Europe has been in steep decline over the last two to four decades, but robots have
been key to efficiency savings at the Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark. The company has
invested in an autonomous, robotic arc welding system that has yielded big dividends. Odense Steel
Shipyard has increased productivity by a factor of six when compared with manual welding, speeded
up the production time and made quality improvements, whilst also protecting the jobs of qualified

The Report concluded that the growth of the high tech industries such as the electronics and semi
conductor sector and pharmaceutical sectors was significantly assisted by robots providing the
required quality, precision, speed and traceability cannot be achieved manually. Therefore robots
have contributed significantly to the fast paced growth and employment within these sectors.

The Future - where robots will make the most impact beyond 2016

"The future of robotics will be one of much greater ubiquity. Miniaturisation and new sensing
capabilities will mean that robotics is used in an increasing number of industries, including those with
small and varying lot sizes, materials and product geometries.

Robotics will make great inroads in service industries, especially healthcare where an aging
population will require support services, for which human care givers will be too few in number to
provide. Robots will likewise play an important role in transportation and in the provision of home
services. Robots will also help protect homes and offices, secure borders and monitor the
environment in both routine and emergency operations."
"Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment" by Metra Martech November 2011
The next generation of robotics puts us on the cusp of another increase in employment in the
robotics industry itself. The Report's authors estimate that 300,000 people are already employed in
the industrial robotics sector and an additional 45,000 people will be required by the industry within
five years. The service robotics sector is expected to grow even faster than the industrial sector in
the medium term and could itself be a major source of future jobs.

About the Report
The report's authors studied companies with more than 250 employees in:
 Automotive sector
 Electronics sector
 Food and Beverages
 Plastics
 Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

The Report focused on six countries, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea and USA
which are considered to be representative of the global economy.

Metra Martech is a long established specialist in industrial and economic analysis, with clients
including governments and international organisations.
International Federation of Robotics PR: Sarah Cockburn-Price
Telephone number: 44 (0)1282 868008
Do you have any questions? Gudrun Litzenberger, IFR General Secretary,
Telephone +49 69 66 03-1502, email is ready to answer.
The International Federation of Robotics was established in 1987 in connection with the 17th International
Symposium on Robotics, as a professional non-profit organisation, by robotics organisations from over 15
countries. Since 1970 an International Symposium on Robotics is organised every year on a different continent,
in a different country and another city. The Symposium is systematically organised in conjunction with an
International Robot Exhibition.
The purpose of the International Federation of Robotics is to promote research, development, use and
international co-operation in the entire field of robotics to act as a focal point for organisations and governmental
representatives in activities related to robotics.
The IFR is hosted by VDMA Robotics and Automation.
The IFR is hosted by VDMA Robotics and Automation.
The IFR Statistical Department, which is hosted by the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, publishes two
studies of World Robotics every year. In 2011:
World Robotics 2011 Industrial Robots:
This unique publication presents comprehensive global statistics on industrial robots in uniform tables allowing
consistent country comparisons. It contains detailed statistical data for some 40 countries, broken down by
application areas, industrial branches, types of robots and by other technical and economic variables. Data on
production, exports and imports are presented for a selection of countries. Trends in robot densities, i.e.
number of robots per 10,000 people employed in relevant sectors, are also featured.
World Robotics 2011 Service Robots:
This unique publication presents comprehensive global statistics on service robots, market analysis, case
studies and international research strategies of service robots. The study is evaluated in co-operation with our
partner, the Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany.


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