While businesses and startups suffer from the COVID-19 outbreak, China’s Robotics Industry is climbing higher.
This industry came with three different segments and had faced the two startups’ challenges.
With the coronavirus threatens everyone’s life, the demand for robot automation slow but indeed grows.
How does the Robotics Industry survive and even thrive in this challenging time?
Based on the YCP Solidiance’s report about “How is COVID-19 Shaping China’s Robotics Industry?” China’s Robotics Industry applies essential strategies to survive.
One of the strategies is being customer-centric. Robotics Industry observed what most people need today: minimising human touch. Robot automation is capable of fulfilling customers’ demands.
Opportunities in Manufacturing Scenarios
For manufacturing scenarios, Robotics Industry has Industrial Robotics that come with robotic arms along with mobile robots and collaborative robots.
Those robots are designed for automatic assembly lines in factories. This segment’s growth slowed down in 2018 due to a slowdown in some industries, including electronics and automobile industries. But the outbreak is an opportunity to grow up again.
Hitachi, a Japanese manufacturer, used thermographic cameras to monitor employees. This manufacturer also uses video surveillance to track the usage of PPE.
Robot automation will help to make sure that all employees are safe. Eaton is another excellent example. This power management company is allowing the employees to work remotely using the Hololens AR glasses from Microsoft.
Opportunities in Non-Manufacturing Scenarios
China’s Robotics Industry has Service Robotics for public services, medical, and household scenarios.
The growth of Service Robotics reached 33% from 2018 to 2019. In 2019, the market of Service Robotics reached USD 2.2 billion and will keep rising. What opportunities open for these Service Robotics in numerous sectors?
Public service robots, for example, help to minimize human contact in public areas. Available service robots will monitor crowd size and take temperatures. Robotic waiters will also grow when they are applied during and after the pandemic.
Delivery and logistics services can also leverage robotic automation since customers must stay home and consume everything online. Many more customers would order everything online, and automation will make everything more efficient.
Opportunities in Medical and Hospitality Sectors
Medical service robotics will minimize human contact in hospitals. Medical service robotics’ tasks include spraying disinfectants monitoring temperature, delivering supplies, and even providing information to relieve the frontline medical staff’s pressure.
The drone usage will help disinfect outdoor areas that are vaster than indoor Service Robotics’ space.
Keenon Robotics that is based in Shanghai has robot waiters, concierge, and deliverers. Those unique robots are applied in business buildings, karaoke, hotels, and restaurants. Even overseas restaurants use Keenon Robotics’ automation service.
The demand will increase not only in China but in other countries, since people everywhere must follow the physical distancing rule.
Some of China’s robotics will benefit in the long term, and some others will even help in a short time during coronavirus outbreak. Robotic automation will be more useful today when physical distancing blocks everything, and lockdown situations are applied in many countries worldwide.
Source whitepaper YCP Solidiance: https://ycpsolidiance.com/white-paper/how-is-covid-19-shaping-chinas-robotics-industry