Exclusive extracts from this 68-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: ABB, Mitsubishi Electric, Emerson Electric, Fanuc, Rockwell Automation, Omron, Dürr AG, Yaskawa, Kuka and Nachi-Fujikoshi.
- What are the players' strategies?
Growing price and technology competition are pushing leading robot makers to raise R&D expenses and focus more strongly on partnerships and targeted acquisitions to ensure future growth. Swiss-based ABB for instance has teamed up with various technology players (Microsoft, Huawei, the Industrial Internet Consortium etc.) to meet growing demand for IoT-enabled industrial connectivity and productivity solutions, while also purchasing various factory automation and robotics companies such as B&R, AB Rotech, and intrion in recent years. Likewise, US-based Emerson Electric significantly expanded its asset and technology portfolio with recent acquisitions such as Pentair's valves & controls assets, GE's Intelligent Platforms Business, ProSys, MYNAH, Aventics, or HTE Engineering Services. […]
- What are the players' key growth and profitability drivers?
Leaders' revenue growth again accelerated in 2018, reflecting strong demand in a growing number of industries (automotive, electronics, heavy industries) and new international markets. Profitability also improved markedly in recent years, reaching an industry average of about 15% thanks to fast-growing sales and improved operating efficiency. Japan's Fanuc once again largely outperformed its rivals in terms of profitability, driven by its lean manufacturing model, high economies of scale, and its positioning in the upper price range. [...]