Diffusion and Industrial Dynamics in the Robot Industry

Dahlin, Kristina (1995) Diffusion and Industrial Dynamics in the Robot Industry. In: Technological Systems and Economic Performance: The Case of Factory Automation. Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation (5). Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 323-357. ISBN 978-94-010-4065-5


The robot industry was founded by American firms in the early 1960s; ten years later the installed robots world-wide numbered close to 5,000 units. In 1989 the world market had grown to 80,000 units annually, the total installed stock being round 320,000 units (IFR 1990). During these years the initiative moved from the American scene to Japan. Today the Japanese market is the largest, constituting 70 per cent of the world market, and Japanese companies dominate the global robot industry. Nevertheless, a number of primarily European firms have grown to become quite successful. The most prominent of these is the Swedish firm ABB Robotics, now a market leader in the robot industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Strategy & innovation
Subject(s): Strategy
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 14:03
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/6554

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