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Service robots

Carry self-contained units which perform useful work for people and the equipment, except for industrial tasks of automation to service robots.

In compliance the classification offered in ISO 8373:2012 and modifed International Federation of Robotics, service robotics is divided into two types:

  • For personal use — it is those robots who are purchased for use in everyday life;
  • For professional use — it is robots who are purchased for application for the purpose of extraction of benefit when rendering different services.

This article is devoted to the overview of the market of this equipment.


2018: The size of the market of professional service robots — $8.7 billion

According to the experts to the International federation of robotics (International Federation of Robotics, IFR), in 2018 it was sold for 50% of professional service robots more, than in 2017. As a result market size by 2018 reached $8.7 billion.

2017: Sales of professional service robotics grew by 85%

The growth rate of professional service robotics, according to the International federation of robotics (International Federation of Robotics, IFR), in 2017 was 85% that multiply exceeded growth rates of industrial robotics (31%) and world GDP (3.7%). As a result in 2017 109,500 service robots on rendering professional services were around the world sold. According to forecasts of experts, from 2019 to 2021 sales of professional service robots will annually increase on average by 21%. Read more here.

Dynamics of sales of professional service robots in the world

The market of personal service robots also actively grows. So, in 2017 about 2.4 million educational and entertaining (edutainment) robots (12% more, than in 2016) and 6.1 million household robots were sold (is 31% more, than in 2016).

Dynamics of sales of personal robots in the world

North America dominates in the market of service robots. After it there is Europe — thanks to the growing demand for service robots in defense, medical, construction sectors. The main player in the market of service robotics is the USA — 45% of service robots are produced in America. However Asian producers actively catch up with the leader: in recent years they increased the share from 30% to 43%. At the same time only 12% of all made robots are the share of Europe. According to IFR, all in the world there are 719 key manufacturing companies of service robotics, from them — 155 startups. Despite leadership in the number of the sold service robots, America still concedes to Europe by the number of producers.

2016: Sales of professional service robots grew by 24%

Sberbank published on April 25, 2018 the state-of-the-art review of the world market of robotics prepared by Laboratory of robotics of Sberbank. According to the overview, the market of service robotics grows quicker than a segment of industrial robots. So, in 2015 48 thousand professional service robots were sold, and in 2016 this number increased by 24% (against 12% growth in sales of industrial robots) to 59 thousand. The total amount of the market of professional service robots reached $4.7 billion.

The total quantity of the sold personal service robots in 2016 increased by 24%, having reached about 6.7 million units, and the total amount of the market increased to $2.6 billion. For example, in the world already more than 20 million robots vacuum cleaners who promptly become cheaper owing to increase in the competition, noted in Sberbank.

Most of all service robots in absolute expression is on sale for logistics (~ 25 thousand units), military application (~ 11 thousand), for commercial spaces (~ 7 thousand), field works and exoskeletons (on ~ 6 thousand). Read more here.