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This IDC Presentation provides insights into the use of industrial and commercial service application of robots in China. It covers the macro trends in manufacturing and employment, rise of robots, and several case studies of robotic application. The report also provides a list of core skills and essential guidance required for successful robotic application for vendors, systems integrators, and end users.

As one of the six innovation accelerators on top of the 3rd Platform, robotics will benefit from the development of 3rd Platform foundation technologies (i.e., social, mobile, analytics, and cloud). Likewise, robotics-related innovation will also drive the proliferation and further development of 3rd Platform foundation technologies.

This study revealed that engineering-oriented value chain (EOVC) companies are currently the largest adopters of robotics in China, primarily due to the complexity of the products and manufacturing processes used. On the other hand, brand-oriented value chain (BOVC) companies are expected to experience the fastest growth in two years, almost matching EOVC companies in their high levels of factory automation.

IDC believes that global competition, wage inflation, and the emerging wave of Industry 4.0 will remain as the dominant drivers for robotic application in manufacturing, which is one of the key success factors for future intelligent manufacturing. The upcoming wave of robotic application in manufacturing is hence expected to be broad-based, cross-industry, and cross-operations, according to our research.


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