GVR Report cover Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End-use (Wholesale & Distribution, Manufacturing), By Type (UAVs, Goods-to-Person Picking Robots), By Battery Type, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-281-1
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global autonomous mobile robots market size was valued at USD 1.9 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.6% from 2020 to 2027. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are used to pick, transport, and sort items within manufacturing and distribution facilities without any manual intervention. AMRs leverage vision cameras, onboard sensors, and facility map integrated with the warehouse execution software (WES) to perform various operations, such as moving raw materials and manufactured goods within the facility. AMRs are highly preferred owing to the myriad of benefits, such as preventing product damage, reducing labor costs, enhancing productivity, and automating processes, they can potentially offer.

Asia Pacific Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Size, by Type

Incumbents of several industries and industry verticals, including transportation & logistics, automotive, and food & beverages, are already reaping the benefits of adopting AMRs. Warehousing and retailing companies are collaborating with technology companies and automation solution providers to transform their material handling operations. For instance, in October 2019, Tompkins Robotics, a U.S.-based manufacturer of AMRs, partnered with PULSE Integration, a WEPCO Company, to deliver automated material handling and sortation equipment to its clients in the manufacturing, logistics, and retail industries.

In August 2019, Murata Machinery, Ltd., an industrial automation company based in Japan, partnered with Alert Innovation, an automation company based in the U.S. The partnership envisages Murata Machinery, Ltd. being a strategic partner of Alert Innovation, Inc. and undertaking a transfer of technical knowledge on the Alphabot picking solution system. The partnership also grants Murata Machinery, Ltd. with exclusive rights to marketing, selling, designing, manufacturing, and servicing systems based on Alphabot across Japan. Besides, Alert Innovation has transformed grocery retail by utilizing Alphabot technology with the development of the new grocery store format called NOVASTORE that enables its customers to avail of the requested products automatically by Alphabot.

Furthermore, major e-commerce companies are focusing on acquisitions of autonomous robots’ vendors to proliferate their warehouse operations. For instance, in October 2019, Shopify Inc., a provider of trusted tools for retail businesses and multi-channel commerce platform based in Canada, acquired 6 River Systems, Inc., a provider of mobile robotics fulfillment solutions based in the U.S. The transaction envisages adding 6 River Systems, Inc.’s cloud-based software and a fleet of “Chuck” collaborative mobile robots to Shopify Inc.’s Shopify Fulfillment Network. In April 2019, Amazon.com, Inc. completed the acquisition of the U.S.-based warehouse robotics start-up company Canvas Technology to focus on the automation of different aspects of e-commerce fulfillment.

AMRs form an essential component of lean operations in a broader category of industrial scenarios as they are developed to address specific challenges associated with conventional industrial environments. These robots are designed to navigate in inherently dynamic environments, such as construction sites. Since production facilities are pursuing leaner operations and are hence becoming more dynamic, robots that can navigate and operate safely within these environments are poised for significant commercial potential. Autonomous robots also allow warehouses and production facilities to introduce process automation without having to remold the existing operating environment.

Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Trends

Autonomous robots introduce process automation without hindering the requirement for remolding in the manufacturing environment. For instance, in January 2021, OTTO Motors announced a partnership with PULSE Integration, a material handling specialist, to deploy autonomous mobile robots for materials handling in manufacturing. AMRs were used to work in progress pallets, transport of raw material pallets, and finished goods pallets in place of forklifts. AMRS is deployed in manufacturing and warehouse logistics operations to increase productivity, eliminate errors, improve material monitoring, and enable employees to focus on tasks that require complex human stillstands are deployed in the manufacturing industry to minimize wasted movement and non-value-added activities such as efficiently move raw materials, shift finished goods to its proper place by following a controlled path or by enthusiastically creating routes to navigate varied environments. As a result, it helps to eliminate wasted movement and build an improved Lean operation, making more profit and productivity.

AMRs are driverless, as each robot is s guided by software and sensors to follow a pre-defined path. Safety is ensured as robots are pre-programmed to stop immediately if they encounter an obstacle. Thus, AMRs offer improved dependability and tracking of material transportation. As a result, enhance safety, tracking, and reliability are achieved. The robots gather data from laser scanners, 3D cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and wheel encoders to make efficient decisions in critical situations.

The robots can navigate efficiently, knowledge of surrounding to avoid obstacles and humans in their path. AI-enabled AMRs have strategically placed cameras that operate like prolonged robot sensors. AMRs gather information about even before entering a particular area and learn to adapt their behavior appropriately. This means they study particular tasks and avoid obstacles such as high-traffic areas during specific times, including situations where materials are regularly delivered and transferred by truck or when large human interaction happens during breaks or shift changes.

Warehouse operators are under constant pressure related to picking, packing, shipping, and other critical logistical activities, and the rapidly growing e-commerce industry led to direct delivery trends, order fulfillment productivity has become a priority. AMRs enables warehouse operators by easing workload such as order pickers and enhanced safety by avoiding accidents related to forklift equipment and by musculoskeletal disorders. For instance, in April 2020, United Parcel Service of America, Inc., an American supply chain management and package delivery company, launched the Warehouse Execution System (WES) to increase order intake and fulfillment efficiency. The former company partnered with Softeon, a supply chain solution provider, to create the WES leveraging autonomous robot capabilities.

Type Insights

The goods-to-person picking robots segment led the market in 2019 accounting for over 50% share of the global revenue. The high share can be attributed to the continued deployment of autonomous robots to eliminate paper-based and manual picking systems. The goods-to-person picking robots can be programmed to carry carts and navigate through flexible routes to move goods between workers and stations. Several robotics companies, including Bleum, GreyOrange, and IAM Robotics, are offering autonomous mobile robotic picking systems that can potentially add a new level of efficiency to the manufacturing and warehousing operations. The self-driving forklifts segment is anticipated to exhibit a substantial CAGR of 28.0% over the forecast period.

Self-driving forklifts are ideal for load-handling operations that are repetitive and typically involve long distances. Linde Material Handling, a manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment based in Germany, offers automated forklifts equipped with front & rear scanners, navigation laser, acoustic & visual warning indicators, and 3D camera vision. The company claims that its autonomous forklift trucks can detect obstacles in real-time and adjust the route accordingly. In May 2018, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a car parts maker based in Germany, launched a self-driving forklift called the “ZF Innovation Forklift” that can potentially increase the efficiency of industrial applications.

Battery Type Insights

The lead battery segment accounted for the largest market share of over 52% in 2019 due to the low cost of these batteries. Lead batteries also ensure stable voltage, good reversibility, and long service life and are hence well-suited for a broad range of industrial applications. For instance, Kuka AG’s KMR QUANTEC AMR mobile industrial robot system can be considered as a prominent example of lead battery-based AMRs. It leverages the industrial wireless LAN technology, thereby eliminating the need for cabling while offering a higher degree of adaptability.

The lithium-ion battery segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. Lithium-ion batteries tend to incur higher costs as compared to lead batteries. However, lithium-ion batteries reinforce high-power charge and discharge while also fulfilling the requirements of different industrial environments, such as high energy density, excellent temperature performance, and long life cycle. These advantages are anticipated to encourage AMR manufacturers to adopt lithium-ion batteries.

End-use Insights

The manufacturing segment led the market in 2019 accounting for over 75% share of the global revenue due to the continued process automation in the global manufacturing industry. The segment has been further divided into automotive, aerospace, electronics, chemical, pharmaceuticals, plastics, defense, FMCG, and others. Automotive was the dominant sector of the manufacturing segment owing to extensive adoption of AMRs for various tasks, such as assembly, painting, sealing, coating, machine tending & part transfer, and materials removal, as well as internal logistics associated with automotive manufacturing as part of the efforts to introduce lean manufacturing.

Global Autonomous Mobile Robots Market

The aerospace and defense segments are anticipated to exhibit a substantial growth rate over the forecast period. Production facilities associated with the aerospace and defense industry verticals tend to be massive as they need to handle large-sized components, such as nacelles, fuselages, wings, and engine pods, among others. However, the pathways through which these parts are navigated within the production facility tend to be comparatively narrow. To avoid any potential accidents and mishaps stemming from human errors while transporting heavy elements through narrow paths, aerospace & defense companies are aggressively deploying autonomous mobile robots to move heavy components within the facility on predefined or dynamic routes.

Regional Insights

Europe was the dominant regional market in 2019 and accounted for over 31.7% of the global revenue share due to the high demand for material handling equipment from the incumbents of the manufacturing industry. Continued process automation in other industries and industry verticals will drive the regional market further. For instance, in March 2018, E&K Automation GmbH, a robotics company based in Germany, launched FAST MOVE, an autonomous ultra-flat transport robot, as part of the efforts to support industrial automation and implementation of Industry 4.0.

Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Trends by Region

Many manufacturing and distribution facilities across different regions have deployed autonomous mobile robots for multiple operations, including picking & packing, moving, and sorting items within the inventory system. The transportation & logistics industry is primarily focusing on deploying AMRs to boost their production and distribution operations in line with the increasing demand for services. Workplace safety has been a prime concern for the manufacturing industry as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. AMRs are deployed in manufacturing industries to support necessary social distancing measures. Implementing harmless mobile robotics also has a significant impact on ROI, as a minimal risk to workers also reduces worker medical expenses, compensation payments, and costs for legal services.

Asia Pacific is estimated to register the fastest CAGR of 21.6% from 2020 to 2027. The growing e-commerce industry in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific is particularly promoting the deployment of AMRs for inventory management. E-commerce companies are particularly deploying AMRs in their warehouses to automate intralogistics tasks, including picking, sorting, and palletizing. For instance, in October 2018, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a Chinese e-commerce & retail company, opened a warehouse with a fleet of more than 700 working mobile robots to deal with the massive demand from Singles Day, the company’s annual shopping festival.

North America region is expected to show significant market share owing to the presence of key suppliers of AGV Robot and Autonomous Mobile Robots and have an eye on European and Asian AMRs manufacturers expanding their operations in the region. Further, rising investments in innovation and R&D by the government, private sectors, and academia on the exploration of technology related to surveillance robots are expected to boost the market in the region. For instance, in January 2021, according to the Universal Robots A/S, senior manager, strategic marketing and application development, and the head of the North America region, companies of all sizes are figuring out a way to regain full production and maintain social distancing along with the class of robot than can work in close proximity to human workers.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players have undertaken several strategic initiatives, including partnerships, M&A, collaborations, and new product/technology development, to expand their customer base and gain a competitive edge. For instance, in August 2019, GreyOrange signed partnership agreements with eight U.S.-based warehouse solution providers (some of which include Active Network, LLC; Avik Services; Bricz; and Infosun) with an aim to jointly provide complete end-to-end warehouse management solutions. Some of the prominent players in the global autonomous mobile robots market include:

  • ABB

  • Bleum

  • Boston Dynamics

  • Clearpath Robotics, Inc.

  • GreyOrange

  • Harvest Automation

  • IAM Robotics

  • inVia Robotics, Inc.

  • Kuka AG

  • Teradyne, Inc.

Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2020

USD 2.14 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 7.48 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 19.6% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation

2019

Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, battery type, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; China; Japan; India; Brazil

Key companies profiled

ABB; Bleum; Boston Dynamics; Clearpath Robotics, Inc.; GreyOrange; Harvest Automation; IAM Robotics; inVia Robotics, Inc.; Kuka AG; Teradyne, Inc.

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Global Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global autonomous mobile robots market report on the basis of type, battery type, end-use, and region:

Global Autonomous Mobile Robots Market Segmentation

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Goods-to-person picking robots

    • Self-driving forklifts

    • Autonomous inventory robots

    • Unmanned aerial vehicles

  • Battery Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Lead Battery

    • Lithium-Ion Battery

    • Nickel-based Battery

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Manufacturing

      • Automotive

      • Aerospace

      • Electronics

      • Chemical

      • Pharmaceuticals

      • Plastics

      • Defense

      • FMCG

      • Others

    • Wholesale & Distribution

      • E-commerce

      • Retail Chains/Conveyance Stores

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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