Saturday, January 28, 2006


With all the hype around humanoid robots it is easy to forget that by far the biggest market in the world for robots is in industrial robots. industrial robots first appeared in the USA in the 1960s but by the late 70s Japan had improved the designs and was filling a seemingly insatiable demand for the machines in its own booming manufacturing market. As of 2005 Japan still maintained dominance of this sector with Japanese companies making the majority of the robots and Japan itself still accounting for around half of all industrial robots in the entire world, although its share is diminishing as other countries rapidly add to their stocks.

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