Robotic Welding Cell Market Analysis and Forecast to 2031: By Offering (Solution, Services), Cell Type (Pre-Engineered Cells, Custom Cells), End-use Industry (Automotive, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense), and Region
The global robotic welding cell market was valued at US$ 1.1 billion in 2021 and it is anticipated to grow up to US$ 2.2 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period.
A robotic welding cell, also called a welding unit, is a welding robot made up of several components that work together to weld metallic pieces to create a complete structure. These components include the parts of the entire robotic arm involved in the welding alongside the welding accessories that are added to make the work much easier and more efficient.
The welding cell also comes with safety features that ensure the entire machine is safe for operation by humans, or they can be run safely when other machines are also operating nearby. Most manufacturers are in the habit of setting up a separate section for their automated welding processes since it takes up a lot of space for free movement.
Market Drivers and Trends
Collaborative robots or cobots are designed to safely work alongside humans in tedious, dull, and hazardous environments. Cobot's movements are directed by computer-controlled operators, such as robotic arms, which humans monitor. Thus, cobots facilitate effective human-machine collaboration in the workplace. Cobots can be programmed to perform a wide range of tasks in a factory setting, such as handling materials, assembling items, palletizing, packaging, labeling, inspecting product quality, welding, press-fitting, driving screws and nuts, and tending machines. While cobots attend to these mind-numbing tasks, human workers can focus on tasks that require skills and reasoning. These advantages of cobots are expected to propel the growth of the robotic welding cell market during the forecast period.
Market Restraints and Challenges
Robotic welding cell is primarily adopted in the automotive manufacturing industry to overcome the scarcity of skilled labor for manual welding applications. Currently, welding robots cell are gaining traction across numerous manufacturing industries, such as electrical and electronics, metals and machinery, aerospace and defense, construction, and pharmaceuticals. However, the shortage of skilled workforce to program and operate welding robots cell persists.
Welding robots demand closer attention to ensure quality in the product manufacturing process. In addition, clamping and fixturing must be precise. The robots used for welding in industries need to be precisely programmed to avoid production shutdown or product wastage. Moreover, the person responsible for programming must have in-depth knowledge about the different programming tools as they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Any error in these definitions could result in a bad welding outcome or a collision during runtime. A skilled welder can compensate for sloppy or ill-designed fixtures, varying trim lines, and product dimensions. However, welding robots need to be closely monitored. To overcome this challenge, many manufacturers offer in-depth training before purchasing welding robots with additional informational tools such as videos and detailed manuals.
Global Robotic Welding Cell Market Segmental Overview
The report analyses the global robotic welding cell market based on offering, cell type, end-use industry, and region.
Global Robotic Welding Cell Market by Offering
Based on offering, it is bifurcated into solution and services. The solution segment is expected to have the largest robotic welding cell market share in 2021. Robotic welding cell solutions are becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry due to intense competition between automakers and the shortage of skilled welders. Thus, the solution segment is expected to receive the main market attraction resulting in market growth.
Global Robotic Welding Cell Market by Cell Type
Based on cell type, it is bifurcated into pre-engineered cells and custom cells. The pre-engineered cells segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. A cost-effective standard production weld cell without the added cost of un-needed customization, allowing for easier cell setup and faster installation time. Significantly increase fabrication output with robotic welding and lower production costs. Due to the abovementioned factors, the pre-engineered cells segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.
Global Robotic Welding Cell Market by End-use Industry
Based on end-use industry, it is segmented into automotive, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense. The automotive segment is expected to be the largest segment in the robotic welding cell market in 2021. The automotive industry is highly dynamic and hence, requires significant manufacturing flexibility from automotive manufacturers. The intensifying global competition between various automotive manufacturers and the increasing demand for automotive require smart production solutions combined with flexible logistic systems. Robotic welding has been the leading application of robots in the automotive and transportation industry for a long time, as every vehicle requires many welds before it is complete. Robotic welding enables the development of accurate and high-quality finished products, increases productivity, and enables high machine efficiency and manufacturing flexibility. Thus, the automotive segment will likely hold a major market share in 2021.
Geographical Analysis of Global Robotic Welding Cell Market
Region-wise, it is studied across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The Asia Pacific market is expected to hold the majority of the market share in 2021. Countries such as China and India have maintained their position as the world's largest manufacturing hubs. Thus, the key players in the market are expanding their businesses in China and India. In addition, in October 2021, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) 2021 reports, Asia remains the world's largest market for industrial robots. 71% of all newly deployed robots in 2020 were installed in Asia (2019: 67%). Installations for the region's largest adopter China grew strongly by 20%, with 168,400 units shipped. This is the highest value ever recorded for a single country. Similarly, Japan remained second to China as the largest market for industrial robots, though the Japanese economy was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This, in turn, boosts the demand for robotic welding cell in the Asia Pacific region.
Major Players in the Global Robotic Welding Cell Market COVID-19 Impact
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in economic challenges owing to subsequent lockdowns. In 2020, the manufacturing industry was severely affected due to a drastic decrease in product demand, falling prices, and storage shortages. A swift decline in manufacturing revenues due to virtually nonexistent manufacturing demand and slow production capabilities had limited the expenditure on the production of robotic welding cell worldwide. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected the global robotic welding cell market in 2020.
However, in 2021, the manufacturing industry started recovering from the significant labor and supply chain challenges that triggered the production of robotic welding cell.
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