June 14, 2023
The Japan Robot Association (JARA) announced on May 31 its annual statistics for 2022: the total amount of orders received, production, and shipments of industrial robots in Japan from January to December 2022 (both member and non-member totals).
In 2022, orders received increased 3.1% year-on-year (YoY) to 1,111.8 billion yen, production increased 8.7% YoY to 1,021.0 billion yen, and total shipments increased 9.2% YoY to 1,509.9 billion yen. Although the growth rate of both orders and production declined from the previous year, both reached record highs. Orders increased for the third consecutive year. Production and total shipments increased for the second consecutive year, and both exceeded 1 trillion yen for the first time. While there were the same concerns as in the previous year, such as geopolitical causes and parts shortages, demand for automation in 2022 was spread mainly to the export market, and the domestic market also showed a moderate recovery.
JARA also announced its annual forecast for 2023. Orders are expected to decrease by 8.3% YoY to 1,020 billion yen, while production is expected to increase by 2.8% YoY to 1,050 billion yen. According to JARA’s analysis, although demand for automation is expected to grow both in Japan and overseas, orders are currently undergoing a period of adjustment due to the uncertain outlook for the global economy.