The global milking robots market size was pegged at USD 974.6 million in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 11.8% over the forecast period. Increasing labor costs and adoption of automation in the dairy industry are anticipated to drive the growth of the market.
Significant rise in herd sizes and introduction of innovative and advanced automation technologies are also driving demand for milking robot systems in the dairy farming industry. The technology facilitates automation of diverse dairy functions such as herd management, milking operations, and dairy farm management. It also facilitates milk production, owing to increased efficiency and frequency of the process. The implementation of robotics technology reduces the need for labor and assists in maintaining the quality of the product.
The U.S. market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Growing number of prominent manufacturers and presence of advanced robotics infrastructure are the primary factors driving the growth of the market in U.S. Demand for multi-stall units and rotary systems, based on type of robotic system, is projected to increase over the forecast period.
Players have been investing in research and development activities to introduce innovative robotic solutions to meet evolving demands of the dairy industry. Rising demand for robotic solutions and economic growth in a number of emerging countries are also providing new growth avenues for manufacturers.
The major types of robotic systems used are single-stall unit, multi-stall unit, and rotary system. These systems are designed as per the requirements of dairy farmers. They can simultaneously milk single and/or multiple animals, depending on herd size.
The multi-stall unit and rotary system segments are expected to witness a significant growth rate over the forecasted period. Growth of the multi-stall unit system is driven by increasing herd size in dairy industries. The single-stall unit segment accounted for the highest share in the milking robots market in 2016.
Herd size refers to the total number of animals on a dairy farm. By herd size, the market is divided into three segments: up to 100 animals, between 100-1,000 animals, and above 1,000 animals. Adoption of robotic milking systems is dependent on the number of animals in milking farms.
The between 100-1,000 animals and above 1,000 animals segments are expected to grow at higher rates over the forecasted period. These systems are designed to provide high operational efficiencies by milking more animals on dairy farms, resulting in higher adoption.
The European market accounted for the most significant share in 2016, owing to the development and adoption of robotics technology and the presence of significant robotic solutions providers. Increasing labor costs in the milking industry are urging dairy farmers in the region to adopt robotics and automation systems.
Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing regional market over the forecast period. Soaring demand for milk in the region’s emerging economies is expected to drive the growth of the APAC market for milking robots.
Key participants in the market are DeLaval, Inc.; BouMatic; GEA Group AG; Fullwood Ltd.; and others. Rise in the number of major players is expected to increase competition in the market, which is likely to bring down the cost of robotics systems over the forecast period. Players are focusing on research and development activities to introduce innovative robotics solutions for meeting the evolving requirements of the dairy industry.
Increasing demand for robotic solutions and the economic growth of emerging countries are providing new growth avenues for manufacturers. Major milking robotic system providers are based in the European region. However, the APAC market is expected to offer new growth opportunities for manufacturers and providers.
Market size value in 2020
USD 1,460 million
Revenue forecast in 2025
USD 2,617.2 million
CAGR of 11.8% from 2017 to 2025
Base year for estimation
2014 - 2015
2017 - 2025
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Robotics system, herd size, and region
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World
U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Japan, China, and India
Key companies profiled
DeLaval, Inc.; BouMatic; GEA Group AG; Fullwood Ltd.
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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 2014 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global milking robots market report based on type of robotics system, herd size, and region:
Type of Robotic System Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Herd Size Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Up to 100
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Rest of the World
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