Industrial robot market in Russia expected to boom in near future
A Russian governmental agency Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI) has developed a specific federal program to support the use of industrial robots in Russia.
The council on economic modernization and innovative development accepted the program in early February this year. The funding for 2017 will be around EUR 200 million (RUB 12.5 billion).
In Russia, the likes of metal processing, electronics, machinery and car making industries are expected to be the main investors in industrial robots.
As of now, there is a huge need for industrial robots in Russia. In 2015, the country had only one industrial robot for every 10 000 workers, which is significantly lower than the global average of 69 robots. Moreover, Russia accounts only for one quarter of a percent of the global industrial robots market.
However, at the same time, 70 percent of all industrial equipment in the country has been in use more than 15 years and there is a lack of highly skilled workers on the market. From the Russian perspective, industrial robots might solve the situation and improve the overall competitiveness of the Russian economy.
Imported goods dominate the Russian market of industrial robots. From 2005 to 2015, the sales of industrial robots in Russia were growing 27 percent annually, whereas in 2016 the growth figure rose to 50 percent, with further expectations for growth.
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