Tuesday December 27, 2016 0 comments
BOULDER -- Shipments of agricultural robots will increase significantly in the years ahead, rising from 32,000 units in 2016 to 594,000 units annually in 2024 and reach $74.1 billion in annual revenue, according to a new report from the market intelligence firm Tractica.
The report notes the market for agricultural robots is developing at a rapid pace, with a large number of established and startup agricultural technology companies developing, piloting, and launching an innovative range of robotic systems to tackle a wide variety of tasks.
Key application areas for agricultural robots include driverless tractors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), material management, field crops and forest management, soil management, dairy management, and animal management, with a diverse set of subcategories emerging within each of those areas.
“The rising demand for agricultural robots is being driven by a number of factors including global population growth, increasing strain on the food supply, declining availability of farm workers, the challenges, costs, and complexities of farm labor, changing farmlands, climate change, the growth of indoor farming, and the broader automation of the agriculture industry,” said Manoj Sahi, Tractica research analyst.
“Robotics companies are keenly focused on the agricultural market opportunity,” said Frank Tobe, editor and publisher of The Robot Report.
“Our research identified and profiled more than 150 industry participants who are developing and launching robotic systems to address the need for more automation to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and address labor concerns against the backdrop of a rapidly changing agriculture market and technology environment.”
Tractica’s report, “Agricultural Robots”, was developed in collaboration with The Robot Report and examines global market trends for agricultural robots and provides 10-year market sizing and forecasts for agricultural robot shipments and revenue during the period from 2015 through 2024.
The report also examines the market opportunities, barriers, and technology issues for each of the key application markets. Market forecasts are segmented by world region and application type.
The study also includes 178 profiles of industry players in the agricultural robot market. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Tractica website.