NPR Planet Money Correspondent Adam Davidson tackled the issue of manufacturing in the United States by examining the history of manufacturing in one town-Greenvile County, South Carolina. Greenvile used to be a textile manufacturing town where communities were defined by what factory you worked for. The jobs were great for people with little education. It was common for people to drop out of high school in order to start work. Manufacturing jobs in the United States was always a great option for people who might be unable or unwilling to go to college and get a law or business degree. Manufacturing gave a certain sect of the American population a chance at the American Dream. Over the years, as textile manufacturing jobs continued to be outsourced overseas, the factories began to close.
So is manufacturing growing in the United States? President Obama hopes so, especially in the high tech sector. But evidence of high tech manufacturing being a growing industry is still yet to be seen. At this point in time, it’s still cheaper to employ a human to do a task as opposed to investing in a robot. But what happens when it’s cheaper to buy that robot, or ship that job to a plant in China? The future looks bleak once manufacturing robotics become reasonable investments for smaller companies like Standard Motor Products.
According to Research Analyst, principal author of the market research study, “Industrial robot vendors have discovered that with intelligent use of new technology, they can dominate an aspect of some manufacturing automated process for a particular sector. As the early adopters in the auto industry have proven, robots do the work cheaper and better than humans once a repetitive process has been evolved. Industrial robots make the difference between winning competitive advantage or losing it. Solutions offered by vendors are creating market growth opportunities .”
Regional demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end-users of packaging robot in different regions. We have used the top-down approach to estimate the global packaging robot market, split by regions. The global application segment and end-user split of the market has been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each region’s demand. Regional demand is the summation of sub-regions and countries within a region. Market share of companies has been derived on the basis of revenues reported by key manufacturers. The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates.
The packaging robot market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Market data for each segment is based on demand volume and corresponding revenue. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. All market numbers have been derived on the basis of demand for packaging robots in different applications in different regions. All existing key end-users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources and feedback by primary respondents.