These Countries Have The Highest Density Of Robot Workers

The rise of the machines has well and truly started.

Data from the International Federation of Roboticsreveals that the pace of industrial automation is accelerating across much of the developed world with 66 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees globally in 2015.

A year later, Statista's Niall McCarthy says that increased to 74. Europe has a robot density of 99 units per 10,000 workers and that number is 84 and 63 in the Americas and Asia respectively. China is one of the countries recording the highest growth levels in industrial automation but nowhere has a robot density like South Korea.

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In 2016, South Korea had 631 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees. That is mainly due to the continued installation of high volume robots in the electronics and manufacturing sectors. 90 percent of Singapore's industrial robots are installed in its electronics industry and it comes second with a density of 488 per 10,000 employees. Germany and Japan are renowned for their automotive industries and they have density levels of just over 300 per 10,000 workers. Interestingly, Japan is one of the main players in industrial robotics, accounting for 52 percent of global supply.

In the United States, the pace of automation is slower with a density rate of 189. China is eager to expand its level of automation in the coming years, targeting a place in the world's top-10 nations for robot density by 2020. It had a density rate of 25 units in 2013 and that grew to 68 by 2016. India is still lagging behind other countries in automation and it has only three industrial robots per 10,000 workers in 2016.



divingengineer TeethVillage88s Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

Also, what does the consumer get out of this? Are prices going down? No, prices are going up on most everything except computers and televisions. I thought the dawn of the robot age was supposed to be a boon for consumers? All it’s really doing is putting humans out of work and putting more money into the pockets of the already wealthy.

Probably next year prices will go down right?

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King of Ruperts Land divingengineer Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

I put it in the big echo chamber of lies out there. I think the red pills are being shipped out now and this bullshit will die in the ditch soon. I am sick of my bank, my supermarket, my government, my internet and everything else I deal with that treats me as cattle in cyberstalls. As soon as real personal interaction alternatives come up, I will switch.

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Endgame Napoleon ThanksChump Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:52 Permalink

Keep paying the major household bills of part-time workers for womb productivity, and hoisting the pay of womb-productive citizens, legal and illegal immigrants up through refundable child tax credits, to reward them for pumping out those humans to compete with robots for jobs, while punishing the non-womb-productive citizens. Logic is a trait of robots, not of human politicians. Of course, robots cannot vote, so....

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TeethVillage88s Labworks Fri, 04/27/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

Proliferation of Robots will first accelerate break down of California and perhaps other states or secession of peoples from states.

- Unrest mixed with activism, riots, race wars, chaos in the Middle East... wait... we already have that

- Corporate Charters to colonize new Frontiers, complete with military order, military weapons of the era... wait... we already had that in colonial America

- Robot Empires

The acronym MEChA stands for "Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan." or "Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan."


MEChA is an Hispanic separatist organization that encourages anti-American activities and civil disobedience. The radical members of MEChA who refer to themselves as "Mechistas," romanticize Mexican claims to the "lost Territories" of the Southwestern United States -- a Chicano country called Aztlan.

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Endgame Napoleon khnum Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:59 Permalink

For every five frequently absentee mom-gang employees, there is one hard-working employee who stays at work all day and meets the quotas every month, keeping up the manager’s numbers during the protracted babyvacations of the crony parents. There are now so many humans in the job pool that the fifth employee is conveniently churn-able.  

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Manipuflation Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:00 Permalink

I hired(or signed off)two live people today for two different positions.  I explained what the jobs are and the expectations.  You never know.  They were both pretty young and I don't think we can call them Millennials.  I don't know what we call this latest generation.  I also fired someone today from that same age group.  Not much work ethic.    

Manipuflation Slipstream Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:58 Permalink

Please read more carefully as I didn't blanket anything.  I SPECIFICALLY said that this younger generation are NOT Millennials.  Reading comprehension is one of the things I judge candidates on because there is a certain portion of the hiring process which is simple reading comprehension.  If you can't read three paragraphs in English describing job function then I won't hire you. 

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Endgame Napoleon Manipuflation Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:44 Permalink

I am glad to hear that English proficiency is part of the hiring process and that Millennials are  possibly defined as [citizens] in this case. I wonder if some studies are counting noncitizens as part of the Millennial generation in the USA.

In the study referenced by this article, it seems like results indicate that the [developed], high-wage countries with the most robots per 10,000 human workers are the most industrialized. So, if companies invest their tax cut in robotics, there might be more jobs for humans. 

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Endgame Napoleon Slipstream Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:06 Permalink

I have seen some mature Millennials, and I have also seen workplaces, where the only people who were doggedly making call after call and closing sale after sale were the non-absentee (and churned) middle-aged people. Like the other guy said, “you never know.” It is the same way with customers. You never know who will buy, not really, not over time. Best not to make presumptions. Show everyone the best, assuming they will buy, and have price-down alternatives that are still good, if not ideal, on hand. 

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Tarzan Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:05 Permalink

This all started a very long time ago.  The back hoe robbed the job of the shovel engineers many years ago. 

Cars started as a truck, who where the demise of the buggy whip, buggy and horse...  

We could go on and on, there's nothing new under the sun, the Maytag man will simply become the ABC robot repairman, and the ford Truck manufacturer, well, he'll continue making Trucks, or robots if you prefer that name....

Educate yourself, Learn a trade, be a producer with skills, prosper, and piss off the snow flake consumers.

TheEndIsNear Tarzan Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:47 Permalink

My first exposure to automation was when the damned cotton picking machines came out, putting my parents and I (who picked cotton weekends and school holidays) out of a job. We were relegated to picking the cotton that the machines missed. Eventually we got better jobs, but it was a very hard time back then.  I wonder how millennials would feel about chopping cotton (ie; weeding it with a hoe during its early growth) or picking cotton in hot 115F temperatures?

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edotabin Tarzan Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:00 Permalink

Ford had better get more robots. I've been shopping around for a car. Sloppy, sloppy work. Plastic pieces that don't fit together properly and make noise, improperly hung doors. Wind noise at low speeds. 3rd rate, 3rd world, quantity over quality crap.

Buy a Hyundai. Better vehicle, properly designed and assembled and a much better warranty.

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Slipstream Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:43 Permalink

 A couple of observations:

1. Four of the first five countries on the list, Korea, Singapore, Germany and Japan, are in relatively good position to the transition to automation. Their populations are well-educated and can afford to lose menial tasks humans do to robots.

2. What are the other countries going to do with the excess human capital that will no longer have a use?

falak pema Fri, 04/27/2018 - 04:54 Permalink

when they robotise women thats when the Duck comes into his own with #MAGA.

As long as America has women in flesh and blood singing #meetoo and playing at Stormy it ain't gonna work for the Duck and consorts.

Lets get the show moving to robotise (and lobotomize) Megyn  and Melania!

#Maga will then truly be on a roll!

Scaliger Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:51 Permalink

6% (600 robots /10,000 manufacturing workers) is still very low.

Besides, by now everything is computerized, so why Bias against "Robots"?

Endgame Napoleon Scaliger Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:06 Permalink

That was the average in the world. In the most industrialized developed countries, the ratio was 300 robots to 10,000 human workers. It sounds like they use cheap human labor when they can get away with it, but in the developed countries with the most investment in robots, there are more industrial jobs. Robots make the humans in high-wage countries more productive. Those are also aging societies, but then, so is China. When the Chinese put in more robots, Western companies will just cease investing in robotics for workers in their own countries, staying in China, where the robot-aided, aging workforce will still be cheaper. They never want to take their families and live there, though, under the ruler for life. They prefer to camp out in palaces here—far away from the mayhem that is stewing in the streets, as the middle class in the West is eviscerated by underemployment. 

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Cloud9.5 Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:20 Permalink

I bought a 458 SOCOM to deal with terminators.   I may have missed something after looking at the videos of swarms of exploding drone gnats.  That being said, where is all the power going to come from that runs the robot nation?  I have yet to see a soft ball sized nuclear power plant.

JelloBeyonce Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

"The rise of the machines has well and truly started."

Don't fool yourselves....the rise of the "bots" had begun a long time ago, via human programming.

Most everyone has been reduced to performing merely mindless, menial tasks.  Even the "learned" professions, Doctors, Lawyers, Scientists, Researchers, Teachers, etc. are capable of performing only the tasks they were trained to perform......much like trained apes.

Is one smart simply because they can partially recognize symptoms and merely prescribe drugs to try to alleviate those symptoms, without identifying the true cause(s)?

Is one smart simply because they can follow legal rules and procedures, and merely engage in the systematic process of shuffling defendants around.

Is one knowledgeable simple because they engage in the research funded by the large corporations to reach preconceived conclusions designed solely to market more mindless consumer crap?

Is one truly instilling "knowledge" simply because they program their pupils to merely remember & regurgitate simplistic "facts" & tasks, without meaningful, comprehensive understanding of the true nature of things, or the ability to discover the complexities of the vast world around us?

Are any of us truly "smart" simply because we can merely push icons on a "smartphone", or mindlessly engage in any other systematic process?

We have most all been reduced to mere thoughtless "bots", capable most only of working the jobs we're trained to work, to think merely as we're taught to think, to consume and engage only what we're presented with.