Diffusion and Industrial Dynamics in the Robot Industry

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Abstract

The robot industry was founded by American firms in the early 1960s; ten years later the installed robots world-wide numbered close to 5,000 units. In 1989 the world market had grown to 80,000 units annually, the total installed stock being round 320,000 units (IFR 1990). During these years the initiative moved from the American scene to Japan. Today the Japanese market is the largest, constituting 70 per cent of the world market, and Japanese companies dominate the global robot industry. Nevertheless, a number of primarily European firms have grown to become quite successful. The most prominent of these is the Swedish firm ABB Robotics, now a market leader in the robot industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Systems and Economic Performance
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case of Factory Automation
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages323-357
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Publication series

NameEconomics of Science, Technology and Innovation
Volume5
ISSN (Print)1381-0480

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