Exclusive extracts from this 69-page-long report:
- Who are the key players?
Japanese robotics companies have long dominated the global industry owing to their strength and know-how in automation hardware. However, software has grown in importance in recent years, putting Japanese players under growing competitive pressure from foreign robot manufacturers. Robot companies increasingly need to provide a complete range of hardware, software and services to remain competitive and cater to the specific needs of their customers. [...]
Groups analysed in this report include: Comau, Mitsubishi Electric, ABB, Kawasaki Heavy Ind., Omron, Fanuc, Dûrr, Yaskawa, Kuka and Nachi-Fujikoshi.
- What are the players' strategies?
Among its key priorities to generate medium-term growth in robotics, Comau has underscored increasing market share in key mature economies and an expansion of activities in developing economies in areas such as body welding and powertrain systems (for automotive manufacturing), as well as tapping opportunities arising from growing automation needs in industries other than carmaking. To this end, Comau has accelerated its distribution partnerships, especially in Latin and North America, and has revamped its robotics portfolio. The group has also opened an engineering and technology robotics facility in the UK to bank on strong demand momentum in the country. […]
- What are the players' key growth and profitability drivers?
Omron net sales declined 4.7% yoy in FY2016/17, owing to the unfavourable impact of yen appreciation. The effect of a stronger yen was also felt at the Industrial Automation division. Revenue, mainly derived overseas (59.7% of total), dropped 1.5% yoy in FY2016/17. [...]