Monday, May 15, 2006

UK Businesses Not Hiring Robots

A survey of robot sales in the UK produced by British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), based at the University of Warwick, has revealed UK small businesses are failing to exploit a significant fall in price of industrial robots at a time when US figures are showing record sales of robots to US small businesses.

The BARA/University of Warwick survey shows a continuing trend for robot prices to fall.
Despite this, robot sales in the UK in 2005 were static with very few sales to small companies. By contrast, data collected in the US is showing record robot sales with an overall 30 per cent growth in robot sales and in particular major growth in sales to small businesses.
Dr Ken Young, chairman of BARA, said, “It seems strange to me that our culture drives us to work hard rather than to adopt technologies that allow us to work smart."

Quoted from:
The Engineer Online -


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