Welcome to the British Automation & Robot Association

"The Voice of Automation"

BARA (British Automation and Robot Association) provides a voice for the Robot and Automation Industries, when dealing with government, industry, financial and academic institutions.

The aim of the BARA is to promote the use of, and assist in the development of Industrial Robots and Automation in British industry. In 2009 BARA joined forces with the PPMA (Processing & Packaging Machinery Association) to become a special interest focus group and has gathered more influence, members and provide more support to the end-user community.

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Industrial Robots Defined

The generally accepted UK definition of an industrial robot is: A re-programmable device designed to both manipulate and transport parts, tools or specialised manufacturing implements through variable programmed motions for the performance of specific manufacturing tasks. Read more about industrial robot types.


World Robotics: Industrial robots post a new sales record in 2016

In 2015 the number of industrial robots sold worldwide surpassed the 240,000 unit mark for the first time. This corresponds to global year-on-year growth of 8 percent. The greatest demand was again registered by the automotive industry.

Robotics markets around the world continue to grow

In a comparison of global markets, China continues to exhibit the highest demand for industrial robots - sales rose by 16 percent. Despite the general perception of a "reluctant" investment climate, China extended its leading position as the number one sales market worldwide with unit sales reaching 66,000. This includes the units sold by local Chinese suppliers. Total sales in China, however, remained below the original IFR forecast of 30 percent. Demand in Asia, excluding China, remained at a high level with 78,000 units sold.

Sales of industrial robots in Europe rose by a record of 9 percent to nearly 50,000 units. Eastern Europe, with growth of 29 percent, proved to be one of the fastest growing regions globally. The number of units deployed in North America also broke a new record: in the U.S., Canada and Mexico a total of 34,000 units were sold in 2015 representing year-on-year growth of 11 percent.

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