Robot manufacturing trends in Japan

Japan is the world’s number one industrial robot manufacturer – delivering 45 percent of the global supply.
The domestic Japanese robot market is the second largest in the world after China.

Robot suppliers in Japan have increased their robot production capacity: Their export ratio grew to 78 percent in 2020 by shipping 136,069 industrial robots, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

World’s Top 10 Industrial Robot Manufacturers


Yaskawa Electric Corporation

Midea Group (KUKA)

Fanuc Corporation

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Epson Robots


Nachi Fujikoshi Corporation

“Exports of Japanese industrial robots on average had a compound annual growth rate of 6 percent in the last five years,” says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). “Imports of robots have always been extremely low. In 2020, only 2 percent of Japanese installations were imported.

Japan exports 36 percent of the robotics and automation technology to China. Japanese manufacturers also serve the Chinese market directly from their factories in China.

The United States is the other top market for Japanese exports of robotics and automation technology with a market share of 22 percent.

“iREX exhibition in Tokyo will display how robots are shaping our daily lives,” says Dr Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics.

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