For several years now, the shift to Industry 4.0 has been gaining traction in manufacturing and industrial robotics. The most significant growth in the robotics industry can be seen in China, Japan and Korea. Quebec’s manufacturing sector continues to lag behind when it comes to industrial robotics—but is committed to making the shift, which is essential to the progress of the sector at large.

A report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows that with an average of 113 robots per 10,000 employees, the robotization rate of the manufacturing industry worldwide has never been higher. Between 2013 and 2017, robotics sales saw a 114% increase. Needless to say, factories are finding that robotics has become key to progress in the manufacturing sector.

In 2019, global robotics inventories reached a total of 2.7 million units—the highest number ever recorded in the history of industrial robotics. Yet only five global powers accounted for the bulk of total industrial robot sales during the same year: China, Japan, the United States, Korea and Germany. These statistics clearly reflect the level of competitiveness on the market for the products you manufacture. Once again, the Asian countries stand out considerably. 


Between AI and robotics

Quebec is one of the most advanced provinces in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), yet it continues to lag behind in industrial robotics. Only a tiny proportion of manufacturing companies here benefit from robotic industrial operations (14%). This being said, many plants intend to acquire robotic technologies in the short term. This is also a promising avenue for Quebec businesses since the proportion of people ages 65 and above is set to reach 25% in 2035. The shortage of labour is sure to be felt and will be a considerable problem for Quebec manufacturing companies. 

Quebec, an R&D giant

Although Quebec is behind in the field of robotics, the province has advanced research and development capabilities, a great deal of expertise, and state-of-the-art university programs at its disposal. Advances in research are helping to put Quebec on the map in this field. However, to compete with international companies, Quebec companies must take action and be forward-looking in their manufacturing processes. Thankfully, it’s not too late! Find out more today and join the shift with RES Automation Control.

  • IFR International Federation of Robotics, IFR Press Conference, September 24, 2020
  • Yaskawa, Five Indicators That Say It’s Time for Robotic Automation, Josh Leath, 2021
  • Statistics Canada