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Russia became the world’s second largest manufacturer of service robots

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Ekaterina Alexandrova | 28.10.2020

Russia became the world's second largest manufacturer of service robots

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has published report for 2019, according to which Russia took second place in the world ranking of manufacturers of service robots.

Service robots IFR understands robotic devices designed to work in public places – robot consultants, guides, administrators, as well as courier robots and medical
devices: diagnostic robots and exoskeletons.

In Russia, 73 companies are engaged in the production of service robots.

The first place is held by the USA – 223 manufacturing companies. Russia is followed by Germany (69 companies), China (64 companies), France (52 companies) and Japan (50 companies).

Alisa Konyukhovskaya, Executive Director of the National Association of Robotics Market Participants: “This gap can be explained by the fact that there are many more small startups in Russia, and
for example, large corporations. Another reason for the difference in data is language and cultural barriers: IFR is an international organization with headquarters in Europe, therefore it focuses mainly on
European and American companies. Asian or Russian manufacturers may simply not submit data to the International Federation of Robotics. They may not be aware of this opportunity due to
language barrier or more focus on the local market and do not consider it necessary to participate in international research. Many companies also do not submit their sales and production data:
firstly, it is quite labor-intensive, and secondly, some simply do not want to disclose the numbers. Therefore, the actual data may differ. ”

In 2019, service robots were recognized as the main export IT product of Russia: the manufacturer of service robots Promobot became the “Exporter of the Year” in the “High Technologies” category.
The competition was held by the Russian Export Center and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.


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