August 3, 2023
On July 27, the Japan Robot Association (JARA) announced the amount of orders and production of industrial robots by its member companies for the April-June period of 2023.
Orders decreased 18.7% year-on-year (YoY) to 196.7 billion yen, marking the third consecutive quarter of YoY declines.
Production decreased 8.8% YoY to 202.3 billion yen, marking the first time in 11 quarters that production decreased YoY.
Shipments decreased 7.1% YoY to 204.2 billion yen, and the total number of units shipped decreased 15.5% YoY to 53,504 units. This was the first decline in shipments in 11 quarters and the second consecutive quarter of YoY decline in total shipments. Shipments to the domestic semiconductor market, which had been strong, suddenly slowed, and momentum for welding applications remained weak, especially for use in the automotive industry, while those for assembly, mainly for the electrical machinery industry, performed well.
Exports decreased 10.0% YoY to 161.9 billion yen, while the number of units exported decreased 17.8% YoY to 44,556. Although exports for handling and welding applications increased, those for semiconductor applications fell sharply, and those for assembly applications for Asian markets continued to decline.