App. B—Commissioned Background Papers
Daiwa Securities America Inc.
In 1980 the United States probably placed third in the unit pro- duction of industrial robots--the Soviet Union produced an estimated 2,000- 3,000 industrial robots. Soviet production, however, tends to concentrate on the less sophisticated robots. Somehow, Americans seem to have taken comfort with an estimate published in Time in December 1980, of 25 robots in the Soviet Union (at the very moment that the Soviet Union was producing about 70 different robot models) . Incidentally, Soviet
robotics began even later than Japan --in 1971-72 the first three Soviet
robots were produced.
The United States produced its
robot in It was only
in 1967 that Tokyo Machinery Trading Versatran robot, then produced
started to import and sell AMF, Inc. In November,
Heavy Industries concluded a technology license agreement with Unimation and
in 1969 began to produce least an eight year lead Union.
robots in over Japan
Thus, the U.S. enjoyed at
What does the future hold?--My estimates or better “guesstimates” for Japan is necessarily very tentative.
Japanese Industrial Robot Demand Forecast--Paul Aron In Units