A new report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) suggests that by 2022, an operational stock of almost four million industrial robots could be working in factories worldwide.
This is due to a need to automate production in order to speed up the post-Covid-19 economy, the federation said, adding that robots are driving demand for skilled workers as well.
‘Governments and companies around the globe now need to focus on providing the right skills necessary to work with robots and intelligent automation systems,’ said Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics. ‘This is important to take maximum advantage of the opportunities that these technologies offer. The post-Corona recovery will further accelerate the deployment of robotics. Policies and strategies are important to help workforces make the transition to a more automated economy.’
The report can be accessed here (pdf).
This story uses material from the IFR, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.