All over the world, companies operating in very diverse industries are implementing robotics with a view to reducing costs, improving safety in the workplace, streamlining production, repair and maintenance processes, cutting back on waste, boosting competitiveness and professionalizing their human resources.
When we think of the future of robotics, countries like China and the United States immediately spring to mind, but these two great powers, both recognized leaders in innovative automation, are not the only success stories.
Mexico has its own story to tell—one of increasingly integrated industrial value chains in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, ICT, metalworking and other industries where there are ample opportunities for the adoption of new generation automated robots.
Judging from imports of industrial robots, Mexico is determined to exploit Industry 4.0 to the full. The WTO puts purchases of robots at USD$158 million in 2016, positioning Mexico as the world’s fourth-largest importer, surpassed only by China, Germany and the United States.
This trend continues, with the North American market reporting growth of 7.2% in the first half of 2019. The region imported 16,488 robots in the period valued at USD$869 million, 3,676 of which were acquired by Mexico, which translates into growth of 81.6% compared to 2010. The most highly automated sectors in Mexico are the automotive and auto parts industry with 2,628 robots, followed by semiconductors and electronics with growth of 180%, and the medical sciences and pharmaceutical industries with growth of 220%.
It is no coincidence that Mexico is the world’s fourth-largest exporter and sixth-largest producer of light vehicles, the fifth-largest producer of auto parts, the most competitive destination in America for aerospace manufacturing activities and the eighth-largest exporter of medical devices.
Robotics is also experiencing a boom in academic and theoretical circles, with more than 223,000 students graduating from STEM courses every year. Mexico is the only country in Latin America to have finished in the top three at the World Robot Olympiad and in 2018 it hosted the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition. It is in this context that the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) will be participating as a strategic partner in Industrial Transformation México, the first edition of Hannover Messe in Latin America, scheduled to take place on October 9-11 at the Poliforum León, Guanajuato. Here we will be showcasing the latest trends in robotics and automation, while the keynote conference program will feature A3 Global President Jeff Burnstein among its speakers.
Register free of charge prior to October 8 at www.industrialtransformation.mx.
By Claudia Sofia Rodriguez
A3 Marketing and Membership Manager