Automotive sector

Is the automotive sector seeing the beginnings of a boom in robotics investments?

The auto industry is seeing an increase in robotics investment across several key parameters, according to an analysis of figures from GlobalData.

Robotics is gaining a growing presence in many industries, with top companies around the world closing more robotics deals, hiring more robotics roles and mentioning it more frequently in company reports in early 2021.

GlobalData’s thematic approach to industry activity seeks to aggregate key company information on hiring, agreements, patents and more by topic to see which industries are best positioned to weather the disruption ahead. .

These themes, of which robotics is a part, are best viewed as “any issue that keeps a CEO from sleeping at night,” and by tracing them it becomes possible to determine which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels. .

One area where there has been a decrease in robotics investment among automakers is the number of deals. Figures from GlobalData show that there were 20 automotive robotics transactions in the second quarter of 2019. In the second quarter of 2021, that number was six.

Hiring patterns within the automotive industry as a whole indicate an increase in the level of attention paid to roles related to robotics. In the second quarter of this year, 1,875 auto vacancies were actively advertised, up from 453 in the same quarter last year.

It also emerges from an analysis of the mentions of key words in the financial files that robotics occupies the minds of automobile manufacturers to a lesser extent.

There was a mention of robotics in the files of the largest automotive companies in the second quarter of 2021. This figure represents a decrease from the same period in 2019, when industry files mentioned robotics 10 times.

Robotics is fueling innovation in the automotive sector less and less. On average, 1,932 automotive patents related to robotics were granted in the second quarter of 2019. This figure fell to 533 patents in the last quarter of 2020.