Record orders for Robots in 2021 while Covid kept people home

Important Takeaways:

  • Robots marched on in 2021, with record orders by North American firms
  • More robots joined the U.S. workforce last year than ever before, taking on jobs from plucking bottles and cans off conveyor belts at trash recycling plants to putting small consumer goods into cardboard boxes at e-commerce warehouses.
  • Companies across North America laid out more than $2 billion for almost 40,000 robots in 2021 to help them contend with record demand and a pandemic-fueled labor shortage.

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