Although there will not be a time in the near future when robots will make human labor obsolete, the number of robots in the workplace is only going to increase. At the time of this blog’s posting, there are 74 robots per 10,000 employees working today. The United States has roughly 189 robots per 10,000 employees working. As it currently stands, the United States ranks seventh overall on the planet for the most automation/country with the most amount of robots in the workplace.
According to the World Robot Statistics, “the number of industrial robots deployed worldwide will increase to around 2.6 million units by 2019. That’s about one million units more than in the record-breaking year of 2015. Broken down according to sectors, around 70 percent of industrial robots are currently at work in the automotive, electrical/electronics and metal and machinery industry segments. In 2015, the strongest growth in the number of operational units recorded here was registered in the electronics industry, which boasted a rise of 18 percent. The metal industry posted an increase of 16 percent, with the automotive sector growing by 10 percent.”
Additionally, they found that “The USA is currently the fourth largest single market for industrial robots in the world. Within the NAFTA area (the USA, Canada, and Mexico), the total number of newly installed industrial robots rose by 17 percent to a new record of some 36,000 units (2015). The leader of the pack was the USA, accounting for three-quarters of all units sold. 5 percent growth was recorded. With a comparatively much smaller amount of units, the demand in Canada increased by 49 percent (5,466 units), while that in Mexico grew by 119 percent (3,474 units). With a stable economic situation, it may be expected that North America will see an average annual growth of 5 to 10 percent in sales of robots from 2016 to 2019.”
Although the American workplace has seen an uptake in robots/more automation in the workforce, over 70% of Americans polled expressed wariness about this. The McKinsey Global Institute found that 73 million American jobs could be stake (or lost to automation) by the year 2030 – if these numbers keep pace. So these fears are well warranted.
Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs. Build does not have any robots but it does have 200 disabled humans anxiously waiting to help you with all your packaging needs.