The latest survey of robot sales in the UK produced by British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), based at the University of Warwick, reveals 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 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% growth in robot sales and in particular major growth in sales to small businesses.
Dr Ken Young chairman of BARA says:
It seems strange to me that our culture drives us to work hard rather than to adopt technologies that allow us to work smart. It appears to me that we forget what we are trying to do (make money) and think that while we are working hard we will somehow be OK. Unfortunately the rest of the world doesn’t play to those rules.
Our benchtop dispensing robots start at under £4,000.00. Our sales are growing. This means that most of our customers work smart. If Dr Young’s comments apply to even some of the rest of our customer base, then perhaps we could sell even more. I hope so!