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Machinery Industry Investing In Robots?

Ran across an interesting statistic from ASSEMBLY magazine's annual capital equipment spending survey: 


Compared with other industries, machinery manufacturers are more likely than manufacturers in other industries to invest in robots, at least for the past three years, anyway. For example, 32% of machinery manufacturers will buy robots next year, compared with 19% of all US assembly plants.



 2016 2017 2018

All Industries 14% 16% 19%

Machinery Manufacturing Industry 15% 22% 32%



What's up with that?