The Rise of the Robots: Transforming China’s Manufacturing Industry

robotics in manufacturing

Almost everything in the world is made in China. Most countries outsource to China’s manufacturing services due to its easier, faster, and cheaper process. The Chinese market represents a huge part of the global consumer market. From automobile to electronic companies, China is the most dominant country that houses manufacturing factories.

Many Chinese cities offer different kinds of manufacturing opportunities. The capital, Beijing, specializes in manufacturing pharmaceuticals and electronics. Beijing is also a primary source of bio-engineering and information technology. The city of Shanghai is one of the world’s biggest business ports that ships communication equipment, automobiles, textiles, and chemicals.

Made in China 2025

 There is an initiative known as “Made in China 2025” which aims to tremendously upgrade the Chinese manufacturing industry. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants China’s manufacturing industry to transition into a robot revolution. The Chinese government wants to increase China-made robots to more than 50% by 2020.

Not only does the plan focus on robotics, the plan also focuses on nine other sectors. New-energy vehicles, advanced medical products, and high-tech shipping are some sectors that are included in the initiative. The main goal of “Made in China 2025” is to raise domestic content of materials to 70% by 2025.

Rapid Robot Growth

 To support the goal, over 3,000 industrial robot makers have been established in the country. In light of this, China is already considered the world’s largest producer of industrial robots by supplying 30% of the global market. The country’s rush to automate local manufacturing processes is globally recognized. China has spent over $3 billion in acquiring industrial robots in 2015.

E-Deodar Robot Project

 One of the biggest robot projects in China is the E-Deodar robot owned by Ningbo Techmation Co. The project was launched to increase investments on research and development of industrial robots. With a budget of 150 million Yuan, the project aims to produce various types of robots that will automate the manufacturing processes.

The three-year project plans to increase 2,300 robot units every year. Ultimately, E-Deodar robots will be used in various industries that will support the Chinese robot industry, with the aim of supporting “Made in China 2025”.

Robotic Companies

The initiative for robots to dominate China’s manufacturing industry will be achieved by numerous Chinese robotic-related companies acquiring other smaller robotics firms. For instance, a Chinese product manufacturer known as Midea purchased KUKA, one of the biggest global robot manufacturers. Similarly, Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology, an industrial robot integrator acquired Paslin, which is a US-based industrial robot company.

Even if China obtains robots from foreign companies, the government along with the Chinese manufacturing companies can still ensure that China sustains its rank as the world’s biggest producers of industrial robots.

The future of robotics will be evident in manufacturing companies. China will lead this initiative by accomplishing “Made in China 2025”. Humans will think of more methods on how to optimize manufacturing products. For now, robots are our top priority in producing goods. In the future, we may just witness 100% of the manufacturing industry being driven by robots.