Singapore, Sweden & Denmark top as most automated manufacturing countries

Singapore, Sweden, and Denmark are amongst the top 10 countries with the most automated production in the world according to new World Robotics statistics by the Frankfurt, Germany-based International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

With 918 units per 10,000 employees in 2019, Singapore tops as the country with the highest robot density which is the number of operational industrial robots relative to the number of workers. According to Milton Guerry, president of the IFR, the level measurement allows comparisons of countries with different economic sizes in the dynamic automation race over time. It is the electronics industry, especially semiconductors and computer peripherals that are the primary customer of industrial robots in Singapore with shares of 75 percent of the total operational stock.

South Korea is second with 868 units per 10,000 employees in 2019. Japan with 364 robots per 10,000 employees and Germany with 346 units per 10,000 employees rank third and fourth respectively. Sweden takes 5th position with a robot density of 274 units operating with a share of 35 percent in the metal industry and another 35 percent in the automotive industry.

Ranking from 6th place to 10th place in Denmark, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, USA, and Belgium/Luxemburg respectively. China stays out of the top ten with Robot density in the country placing as number 15 in the world. Next to cars, China is also a major producer of electronic devices, batteries, semiconductors, and microchips.

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