U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
Robot shipments declined more than 16% year-over-year to 23,758, in the wake of a manufacturing downturn driven by trade wars and softer demand.
A3 vice president Alexander Shikany said he doubts the slowdown will last much longer, as orders for new robots in North America rose last year by 1.6% to 29,988 units.
Automakers fueled most of that growth, increasing orders for robots by more than 50%.
Shikany said car manufacturers have made robots part of their investment strategy to enable the next wave of automotive technology.
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