DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Clean Room Robot Market with COVID-19 Impact Analysis by Type (Articulated, SCARA, Collaborative Robots), End User (Aerospace, Electrical & Electronics, Food & Beverage), Component (Robotic Arm, End Effector), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The global cleanroom robot market (including prices of peripherals, software, and system engineering) is expected to grow from USD 4.8 billion in 2020 to USD 8.5 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.0% during the forecast period.
The increasing demand for cleanroom robots from the electronics & electrical industry is the main driver for the cleanroom robot market. In the semiconductor industry, thin-film technology is used to manufacture microprocessors, sensors, and flash memory. A single particle finding its way into a hard drive or a CPU during manufacturing is enough to render the product useless. Therefore, companies are eager to minimize the risk and are opting for clean rooms, which must be ISO Class 4 or cleaner. Computer processors start out as silicon wafers, which are subjected to intense vacuums, high energy plasmas, and ultraviolet light.
These processes are not human friendly; therefore, the demand for cleanroom robots is increasing in the semiconductor industry to help in moving the wafers from one processing station to another. The high installation cost of industrial cleanroom robots, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, is the main restraint for the adoption of industrial cleanroom robots. Industrial robots, along with controllers and teach pendants, are priced in the range of USD 50,000 and USD 80,000.
With the addition of application-specific peripherals, the robot system costs between USD 100,000 and USD 150,000. There are further costs in setting up the robot. Robots require heavy-duty, purpose-built pedestals, which can cost several thousand dollars. Also, with increasing hygiene standards, due to COVID-19, demand for cleanroom robots is expected to increase in industries such as food & beverages and pharmaceutical.
Many industry experts expect the COVID-19 pandemic to mainly impact supply chains. However, considering the sizable backlog that key players such as FANUC (Japan) and KUKA (Germany) have, the manufacturing and delivery of cleanroom robots are expected to slow down for the first 2 or 3 quarters of the FY 2020.
For instance, for the FY 2019, the Robotics business division of KUKA (Germany) had order backlogs worth USD 309 million (EUR 276 million). In APAC, electrical and electronics is the most important industry adopting industrial robots. However, with the adverse impact of COVID-19, the growth of the cleanroom robot market in countries such as China and India is expected to be delayed, impacting the overall growth of the market in APAC for the next 3-6 months. In February 2020, China's manufacturing PMI was 35.7 points from 14.3 points in January 2020. Meanwhile, in February 2020, its production index was 27.8%, down by 23.5% from the previous month, thereby indicating a radical slowdown in manufacturing activities. The US-China trade war also added to this decline.
- High Demand for Contaminant-Free Machines and Equipment in Clean Rooms
- Need to Pass Goods and Materials Between Areas of Different Environmental Grades Through Material Airlocks (Mal)
- Anticipated Shortage of Skilled Workforce in Manufacturing Industries Due to Restrictions on Migration Due to COVID-19
- High Installation Cost of Industrial Robots, Especially for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Increasing Adoption of Collaborative Robots for Clean Room Applications
- Accelerating Spread of COVID-19 Prompting Several End-users to Adopt Automation Technologies
- Interoperability and Integration Issues With Industrial Robots
- Difficulties Faced by Start-Up Companies to Demonstrate Their Products Virtually
- Vs-087 Clean Room Robot Manufactured by Denso (Japan) Used by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology Ipt (Germany) for Stem Cell Research
- Globalfoundaries (Singapore) Adopted Omron Corporation's (Japan) Ld-90 Mobile Robots for Manufacturing Semiconductor Wafers
- Nasa Using Clean Room Robots for Researching Samples Obtained from Mars
- Clean Room Robot-Related Regulations and Standards
- Iso Clean Room Standards (Iso Class 1-Iso Class 9)
- Ingress Protection (Ip Xx) Ratings
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries
- Mitsubishi Electric
- Seiko Epson
- Omron Corporation
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Other Key Players
- Universal Robots
- St Robotics
- Techman Robot
- Rethink Robotics
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