Mapping the evolution of the robotics industry: a cross country comparison

Eric Estolatan, Aldo Geuna, Marco Guerzoni, Massimiliano Nuccio

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Industry 4.0 may be regarded as an emerging approach to the adoption of next-generation robotics for industrial applications. Our study sheds light on the current state of robotics, with a particular focus on robots for industrial applications. The research combines publicly-available information from company press releases, news articles, peer-reviewed journals and trade and industry reports.

The paper is organized in four sections. Section 1 discusses some definitions of robotics and robotics subclasses, and various robotics classifications. Sections 2 and 3 provide a snapshot of demand and supply of robotics, and offers some insights into select regional markets and global technological trends. Section 4 describes the challenges and opportunities surrounding robotics and Industry 4.0, and the future impact of these technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTorino
PublisherUniversity of Turin
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)2039-4004
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameLEI & Brick Working Paper Series
ISSN (Electronic)2039-4004


  • robotics
  • Industry 4.0
  • cyber-physical systems
  • industrial robots
  • co-bots


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