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Robot Orders in North America for Q2 Increase 67% YOY according to A3

As businesses get back to work after covid induced pauses, more and more are turning to automation for help. In the second quarter, robot orders increased by 67% over the same period last year, said the Association for Advancing Automation yesterday.

North American companies ordered 9,853 robots worth a total of $501 million in Q2 2021, up from 5,196 sold during the early peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Q2 2020, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Last quarter’s increase marks the third-highest quarter on record for robot units sold overall, added the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization.

“With the big increases in automation sales, and favorable economic conditions in U.S. manufacturing sector throughout much of 2021, it’s clear users have accelerated their orders for robotics and other forms of advanced technologies,” stated Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “By automating—either for the first time or expanding on how they use automation—companies will be better prepared to handle any upcoming issues that impact their business.”

“The pandemic acted as an accelerant,” he told Robotics 24/7. “From the difficulty in bringing people in to work to the difficulty of finding people to work, it jumped out. The labor shortage is real, and it is forcing companies to automate.”

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