German robotics industry expects weaker growth

Competition from China

June 18, 2024, 08:39 | Source: dpa / Editing: Diana Künstler

At BMW headquarters, ABB robots work on the bodies of various BMW models.

Robotics manufacturers are on track for record sales. However, the increase is not as strong as last year. There is competition from China.

Robotics and automation total turnover Germany 2014 - 2024

The German robotics industry expects significantly lower growth this year than in 2023. Nevertheless, with the expected turnover increase of 2 percent, a turnover record of 16.5 billion euros should be achieved. The year before, companies increased their turnover by 13 percent within a year to the previous record of 16.2 billion euros.

Frank Konrad, VDMA
Frank Konrad, CEO of VDMA Robotics + Automation

“The robotics and automation industry is at a standstill in the domestic business sector due to the weak economy,” said the chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation industry association, Frank Konrad, explaining the current forecast on Monday. The sector expects only impulses from abroad this year: incoming orders there increased by 21 percent in the first four months compared to the same period last year.

On the European market, the industry is preparing for increasing competition from China. The trade conflicts with the US have led to Chinese companies increasingly setting up local service and sales structures in Germany and the EU. “Germany needs a reliable framework for investments and new impulses to strengthen its competitiveness,” Konrad demanded.

VDMA press release:
VDMA strategy document “Robotics and Automation 2028”:

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