Intelligent equipment is already a major industry in Guangzhou, reporting output last year of RMB56.7 billion, up 6.8%, according to Nanfang Daily. Within this segment, however, industrial robots are seen as particularly promising. Although still dwarfed by assembly-line systems (accounting for 90% of sales), sales of robots came in at RMB1.72 billion, up more than 50% over 2017.
In 2018, Guangzhou companies purchased a total of 5,117 robots, of which 3,721 were imported and 1,396 were domestically produced – with 835 coming from within Guangdong. The robots were mainly used in the automotive manufacturing, metal products and general equipment manufacturing industry.
China still has a long way to go in building its smart-manufacturing industry. Korea is currently the global leader, with a ratio of 700 robots to every industrial 10,000 workers. In Japan and Germany, the number is 340. China is 90, below the global average of 97.
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