Robotics - Global Thematic Research

Robotics - Global Thematic Research


For nearly five decades, the robot industry has been a small industry pretending to be big. In 2015, the global robot industry generated revenues of $42 billion, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Over 83% of these revenues were from sales of ‘industrial robots’ to manufacturing companies.

While traditional industrial robot revenues are growing at single digit rates, the ‘professional service robot’ market - which includes military drones and medical surgery robots - is on a much faster trajectory of 35% CAGR.

In this report, we look at robotics as an investment theme and identifies some of the companies which will be heavily impacted by this theme.


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  • Players
    • Robot manufacturers
    • Component makers
  • How robotics will morph into a mega-theme
    • The robot industry is close to an inflection point
    • because it is the next big productivity platform
    • New markets are being opened up by the next generation of personal robots
    • Building the brains remains the most difficult part
  • Trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Definitions
    • Applications
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Industrial robot market
      • Service robot market
  • Companies watch list
  • Valuation screen
    • Table GlobalData's Valuation Screen ranks companies within a sector based on selected consensus valuation metrics.
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    • Table Five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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