Specifically, according to data from the Spanish Association of Robotics and Automation of Production Technologies (AER-ATP) cited by Anfac in its Annual Report, the park of robots in Spain in 2016 consists of 34,528 units.
Of these, 19,022 are used in the automotive industry, while 15,506 are used in other types of sectors, has detailed the Spanish Association of Automobile Manufacturers Trucks and Trucks (Anfac).
In the last 14 years, the units of robots present in the Spanish industry have grown 46.8%, since in 2002 the robots of the sector reached 12,631 units, which supposes a growth of 33.5% compared to 2016- And those allocated to other sectors accounted for 5,721 (63.1% more), which together totaled 18,352.
“The combination and flexibility of human beings with the power, resilience and reliability of robots allows us to increase product quality and productivity,” noted Anfac in its Annual Report. According to the manufacturers’ employers, the “robotization” of the industry has not caused changes from 2015 to 2016 in the sector’s employment share of the labor force, which has remained at 9%.
This percentage includes manufacturers of vehicles, equipment and components, complementary activities to manufacturing, distribution and marketing, after sales, financial services and insurance, transportation, service stations, rental, driving schools. In addition, on average, the Spanish automobile sector buys more than 1,500 new units of industrial robots each year.
Regardless of the sector to which they are destined, more than half of robots (57.1%) are engaged in handling and loading and unloading machines, 19.3% are used for welding tasks, 14.3 % For unspecified uses, 3.6% for assembly and dismantling and 3% for materials.