Trends in China’s Robotics Industry During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has served as an accelerator for businesses to adopt new technologies and exciting new ways of working via robotic solutions.

April 2021 , by Alexandra Santiago

Despite the slowdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities are ripe for China’s robotics industry. The industry’s total market size was forecasted to reach USD 8.68 billion in 2019, with a CAGR of 21% from 2014 to 2019. Even with the pandemic disrupting global funding in early 2020, the sector is seen to have a positive short-to-midterm drive for service and special service robotics, and a long-term positive driver for industrial robotics. 

In the white paper How is COVID-19 Shaping China’s Robotics Industry? Risks, Opportunities, and Lessons Learnt, professionals from YCP Solidiance discuss the different implications and successes in robotics over the past year. 

Pandemic-generated demand for automated robotics 
COVID-19 has accelerated demand for different industries to make use of automated robotic solutions. Online collaboration tools, tracking and detection systems, and hygiene & health care are just some of the areas in need of automated systems. Other promising sectors include airline and transportation, both of which need automated measures for hygiene control. Examples of robotic systems already being utilized are voice command elevators to reduce the need to physically touch a button, as well as in-restaurant mobile apps for personal food ordering. 

Showcasing the long-term capabilities of robotics 
Robotics not only help reduce the need for physical touch in the COVID-19 era, but also helps improve operational efficiency and overall user experience. Companies who embraced the adoption of robotics technology over the past year are expected to be the drives of recovery, as there will be a new age of innovation once the public and business sectors grow accustomed to the need and use of automated solutions. As we optimistically enter a post-pandemic era, the robotics industry is forecasted to grow significantly in the coming three to five years. 

Robotics solutions for corporations 
Robotics automation provides simple yet vital functions for businesses, helping improve operational and physically arduous tasks through improved efficiency and lowered costs. Businesses who utilized robotic solutions at the peak of the pandemic are set to reap its benefits, especially in the manufacturing, hospitality, and healthcare industries: 

To learn more about our recommended strategies on how to employ robotics in your business, as well as other case studies for companies that found success through robotics, download our full report here

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