Sales for the global robotics industry in 2014 were $10.7 billion, a 13% increase over 2013. There are now about 1.5 million robots at work globally, an increase of 11% over 2013. Adding supporting services such as integration, accessories, peripherals, software and systems engineering at a 3X multiplier, worldwide 2014 sales are estimated to be $32 billion.
The report suggests that rapid automation in China and global competition of industrial production are the main drivers for the sustained growth forecasts.
SOURCES - EEtimes, IFR World Robotics, The Robot Report