Food robotics refers to automated machines to perform heavy, monotonous, and repetitive tasks professionally in the food & beverage manufacturing industry. These robots/machines are constructed with the aim to support manual efforts, to eradicate errors during primary & secondary food processing and to decrease the time & energy consumed. The food robots are used to perform various tasks for instance re-packaging, splitting, palletizing, packaging, cutting, mixing, picking, and placing food & beverage products.
According to study, “Global Food Robotics Market by Offering, Robot Type, Payload, Application, End-user, and Region 2015-2026: Trend Forecast and Growth Opportunity” the key companies operating in the global food robotics market are John Bean Technologies Corporation, ABB Ltd., Denso Corporation, KUKA (Midea Group), Feldmeier Equipment Inc., Alfa Laval AB, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., GEA Group AG, Comau S.p.A, Fanuc Corp., IMA Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Krones AG, Shanghai Joylong Industry Co. Ltd., Scherjon Dairy Equipment Holland, Omron Corporation (Omron Adept Technologies), Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson Robotics), Scherjon Dairy Equipment Holland, SPX Flow Inc., Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Yamaha Robotics), Stephan Machinery GMBH, Yaskawa Electric Corp. Tetra Pak international S.A. These key players are introducing new technologies with the varied product portfolios and also developing the supply chain networks in order to sell their products in the market. As a result of this, there is an increase in the trend of rising production of low-cost robots and growing demand for bringing down production cost. This, in turn, is projected to drive the adoption rate of food robotics.
Based on offering, food robotics market is segmented as software, hardware and services & support. Based on robot type, market is segmented as SCARA robots, collaborative robots, articulated robots, cylindrical robots, Cartesian robots, delta robots, and others. Based on payload, market is segmented as low payload, medium payload and high payload. Based on application, market is segmented as pick & place, palletizing & de-palletizing, processing, packaging & repacking, cutting & slicing and others. In addition, based on end-user, market is segmented as meat & seafood, dairy products, brewery & beverage, fruits & vegetables, bakery & confectionary and others.
The food robotics market is driven by growth in manufacturing efficiency, followed by increase in food & safety regulations, and increase in production of low-cost robots. However, high cost factor involved in operating robotic systems and lack of skilled professionals in developing countries may impact the market. Moreover, increase in investment for automation or robotics and growth in adoption of robotic systems in various food sectors such as dairy & dairy products, prepared foods and meat processing are key opportunities for market. Furthermore, increase in efficiency in food processing and production using new technologies and rise in demand for packaged food by consumers are major trend for market.
Based on geography, the Asian-Pacific region holds major share in global food robotics market owing to increase in food & beverage sector and rise in demand for packaged food in the region. The North-American and European regions are estimated to exhibit considerable growth rate due to increase in investment for automation or robotics in the dairy industry over the forecast period. It is expected that future of the global market will be optimistic on account of rise in demand for automation in ready foodstuffs & meat processing which improved competitiveness during the forecast period. It is also expected that the global food robotics market will be reached at US $6.54 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 12.23%.
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