Robotics has made a huge presence in nearly every avenue of human life. Whether it is domestic or professional, Robotics is being used in some form in various applications.
Construction Robots are mainly used for basic tasks in building construction. The tasks may include: Concreting, Building, Connecting, Covering, Jointing, Positioning, Finishing, demolishing, earthmoving, scaffolding, tunneling, inspecting, repairing elements, or any other task. Besides this, the robots can also be employed for other construction businesses such as in tunnels.
Construction robots help improve productivity, quality of end-products, reducing manual operation, produce fewer errors, help in reducing costs, and increased safety in harsh environmental conditions.
With today’s advancement in technology, the diffusion of robots in various areas is taking place rapidly. The introduction of 3D printing robots in construction projects is further accelerating the growth of the construction robots’ market.
In the report, we will explore the various characteristics associated with this market.
Some of the important driving factors of the construction market are listed as:
Additionally, the high cost of robotic solutions is expected to hinder the growth of this market. The service providers of heavy construction machines invest a huge amount in purchasing and maintaining the equipment.
This huge investment creates an entry barrier in the market. Also, the lack of a skilled workforce to operate these pieces of machinery may act as a hindrance to the market growth.
The market is segmented into different parts such as Product Type and Application. Based on Product Type, the market is bifurcated into Brick Robots, Plastering Robots, Spray Robots, Stone Spraying Robots, and others.
Based on Application, the division is Mining, Commercial Building, Industries, Bridge Construction, and Road Construction.
More specifically, the construction industry has been using robots to facilitate the chores while requiring repetition in a controlled environment.
The industry is looking for more tasks that can be automated owing to the production and efficiency offered by construction robots. The use of these robots allows industries to improve existing processes making them more precise to the task.
Growing urbanization worldwide provides a positive outlook for this construction robots market growth.
On a regional basis, the construction robots market is divided into major regions which are:
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa.
The North American region owing to Technological advancements is expected to have major growth in the marketplace. The Asia-Pacific region owing to most developing countries is expected to hold a significant share of this market in the forecast period because of the huge adoption of automated equipment in construction activities and economic growth.
The presence of a large number of robotic manufacturing companies in China and Japan is further propelling the growth of construction robots market. Japan has employed construction robots in construction sites for a long time and is experiencing a huge wave of automation amid an increasing labor shortage.
Increased rules and regulations by the government and expansion in the non-residential and residential construction projects in Europe are some of the major factors in the growth of construction robots in this region.
Covid-19 had a severe impact on this market. The manufacturing of Robotic equipment stopped due to the lockdown imposed by governments. The demand for Robots in this market also declined because of construction processes being put to a halt.
However, the construction robots market is expected to revive from this setback in the forecast period.
Technological advancements such as aerial robotics, bricklaying robotics, and demolition robots are expected to help in flourishing the market.
A finishing robot for drywall has been unveiled by construction robotics startup Canvas. Additionally, the business unveiled its Innovation Partner Program, a joint venture with six of the top contractors in the sector who support the company’s mission to “build in bold new ways by placing better tools in the hands of competent people.”
The majority of a century has passed with little modification in the finishing equipment for drywall. Contractors can make drywall finishing safer and more appealing to a finite pool of experienced labour while reaching unequalled metrics for schedule, cost, quality, and safety with Canvas’s new worker-controlled robotic machine.
Due to the increased demand for the new system, Canvas has qualified a small number of approved partners whose crews will receive independent machine operation training from Canvas.
Three major self-perform general contractors, Webcor, DPR Construction, and Swinerton, as well as three leading interior and exterior wall system contractors, Nevell Group, KHS&S, and Daley’s Drywall & Taping, are currently part of Canvas’s Innovation Partner Program.
All of the Canvas Innovation Partners are highly skilled contractors who are advancing the sector by embracing technologies that significantly enhance project results.
They concur with Canvas’s view that a strong corporate culture—one that fosters employee empowerment and safety—has a similar beneficial effect on project success.
Following the receipt of regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group), Boston Dynamics, Inc., and SoftBank Group Corp. (SoftBank) announced the completion of the Group’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank.
The mobile robot company was valued at $1.1 billion in the purchase. Additional financial information was not provided.
Following the closure, the Group will own an 80% share in Boston Dynamics, while SoftBank will own the remaining 20% through one of its affiliates.
Boston Dynamics is a well-known innovator in the development of nimble, mobile robots that have been successfully integrated into the operations of many of the world’s most prestigious industrial companies.
Advanced robotics provide chances for rapid development and have the ability to benefit society by making work safer and more productive.
The Group takes another key step toward its strategic transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider by purchasing Boston Dynamics and securing a leadership presence in the field of robotics. The Group has made significant investments in the development of future technologies, like as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), smart factories, and robots, to help accelerate this transformation.
The Group’s goal in robotics is to develop sophisticated technologies that improve people’s lives and promote safety, resulting in humanity’s growth.
The Group and Boston Dynamics are expected to benefit from one other’s strengths in manufacturing, logistics, construction, and automation as a result of the merger.
From robot component production to smart logistics solutions, the Group and Boston Dynamics will collaborate to develop a robotics value chain. In addition, the Group will continue to support Boston Dynamics’ product line expansion as well as its global sales and service footprint.
The evolution of 3D printing in the construction market provides promising growth in the marketplace by creating more opportunities. Increased research and development in the market to reduce the cost of robots are expected to increase the market size in the forecast period.
SPOT, a robot developed by Boston Dynamics is used to inspect and map construction sites and identify hazards, and track work progress.
Brokk Global acquired AquaJet Systems AB, which will help in the expansion of product offerings and service capabilities of Brokk Global for construction and demolition markets. The SCARA robotic technology has developed robotic technology arms to measure and place rebar with digital fees.
Companies have been using lightweight fiber drones, capable of carrying loads to height. The Placing of laser diode sensors at edges of excavation alert workers from tripping and falling.
The bricklaying solutions by Fastbrick Robotics and Construction Robotics can directly be used in construction sites. Lhoist Refractaires uses Robotic Systems for palletizing bricks. Fraunhoffer IEC is working on enhancing the working capabilities of their robot Husky 200 which is small in size and help contractors saving their time by carrying various tools, materials, and other objects across the construction site.
Research teams at GE company are developing a small tunneling robot that may have the ability to dig a tunnel over 500 yards long at a speed of almost 4 inches per second. Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, known as SpotWalk, includes image-capturing devices and a laser scanner which give it the ability to navigate difficult terrain. This invention helps reduce worker hours doing the same tasks repeatedly.
The following list covers some of the important companies in the Construction Robots Market:
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