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Increasing Use of Robots in the German Machinery Industry 2011, Quest Study Reports

19% of the investigated machine-builders intend to change the use of robots at the machines this year according to the Quest study: "What the machine-builders want to change in automation technology 2011."

Bochum, Germany, July 13, 2011 --( The change-willing 19% of the machine-builders are not limited to special applications but distributed over nine of ten investigated machine-building industry sectors.

Machine-builders with experiences in the use of robots appear to be the engine of the rising implementation of robots. These machine-builders account for 68% of the change-willing machine-builders while machine-builders intending to implement robots for the first time represent only 32%.

These factors suggest that the use of robots at the machines is developing a trend.

Three sectors are focused on the first application of robots in 2011, i.e. rubber/plastics machines, food processing machines and printing/paper handling machines. The robots are to substitute manual activities which means for the machine-builders in these sectors partly uncharted waters as statements confirm.

Six sectors are expanding the current uses of robots in 2011. These sectors are building/glass/ceramic machines, conveyer, wood processing machines, robotics + automation (only mounting and handling machines considered), packaging machines, machine tools.

The machine-builders in these sectors partly stress the trend character of their uses of robots.

Selected statements of the machine-builders are contained in the Quest Trend Magazine’s article “Use of robots increasing in the German machinery industry 2011” on

The diagram in the article shows how the changes of the uses of robots in the sectors are divided into experienced users and first users.

These results are based on the Quest study "What the machine-builders want to change in automation technology 2011." It was accomplished in January/February and covers scarcely 250 representative machine-building industry companies. Highlights, table of contents and budget of the study are available as download on

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