的 中国 International Robot Show CIROS 于7月2日至5日在上海举行。预计将有30,000人参加，并展出了56家公司。尽管大多数参展商是台湾，日本，韩国，德国和其他国际机器人供应商及其中国的集成商，但也有许多新的中国机器人制造商。
国际机器人联合会（IFR）避风港’t counted robots manufactured in 中国 because the IFR is dependent on country robot associations for their data and up until this year there hasn’t been such an association in 中国. 的 new 中国 Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) was recently established to enable 中国’s new robot makers to have a lobbying presence within 中国 and a statistical presence with the IFR.
根据IFR’总裁坂原伸介博士在 新闻发布会 preceding CIROS, 中国 is forecast to exceed Japan and the USA as the largest market for robots, particularly when in-country manufactured robots are included in the tally, sometime in 2014.
但是加拿大蒙特利尔高等技术学院机器人学副教授Ilian Bonev 在最近的帖子中, suggests that 中国 probably already has become the largest user of industrial robots in the world. Citing data from the IFR which showed that 23,000 robots were sold into 中国 in 2012, Bonev added 9,800 robots manufactured by six major Chinese vendors giving a total of 32,800 – 4,000 greater than the 28,700 sold into Japan in 2012. Hence his claim that 中国 has already become the largest buyer of robots.
这不’t include Foxconn’s Foxbots –台湾为富士康生产的机器人’s factories in mainland 中国. Foxconn already has 20,000 robots at work in it’首席执行官郭台铭表示。但是，IFR并未对此进行报告，因为富士康不是’既不是台湾机器人协会（TAIROA）的成员，也没有被报道为中国制造商或新CRIA的成员。
About 70% of the total number of robots produced in 2012 went to Japan, 中国, the US, Korea and Germany. Sales to Japan rose slightly to 28,700 units and 22,400 for the U.S. Between 2005 and 2012, sales of industrial robots into 中国 increased by about 25% on average per year. Based on an IFR chart, welding is the main use of those robots followed by handling, assembly, dispensing and cleanroom robotics.
IFR尝试测量机器人密度，即制造/汽车行业中每10,000人使用的机器人数量。 IFR 2011年数字显示韩国’s measure is 347, Japan is 339, Germany is 261 while 中国 is 15. 的 implication is that there is much room to grow in those countries with low density figures. 的 USA, with a density rating of 130, can also foresee growth in the purchase and deployment of robots.
总裁曲道奎 新善机器人& Automation Co., Ltd， 说过，
“China is now at the stage of industrial transformation. To achieve the goal, 中国 has to gradually change from labor-intensive style to a more sustainable and innovative development. 机械人 play a crucial role in supporting the process. It helps Chinese enterprises to reduce cost and increase efficiency and competitiveness.
“It is forecast that 中国 will have 40 million less workers in the 20-30 age bracket in the next decade compared to ten years ago, because of the aging population. 机械人 are expected to fill the gap.”