10 Trends That Shaped the Robotics Industry in 2022

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Consolidation continues

There was plenty of consolidation in the robotics space this year. Amazon made a splash when it announced that it was purchasing consumer robotics leader iRobot for $1.7 billion.

Another major acquisition was exoskeleton maker Sarcos’ purchase of mobile manipulation maker RE2 for $100 million. Teredyne-owned AutoGuide and Mobile Industrial Robots became one unified AMR company. Alert Innovation announced that it is being bought out by Walmart.

The list goes on, as vendors showed heavy-duty platforms, mobile manipulators, and more sophisticated software at trade shows in 2022.

This kind of consolidation may be a sign that the robotics industry is maturing as major companies swallow up smaller ones to expand their automation efforts. We expect more mergers like this going into 2023.

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1. Attendees eagerly return to robotics events

2. Consolidation continues

3. Layoffs took their toll

4. E-commerce demands come off of COVID highs

5. Self-driving cars hit potholes

6. Interoperability initiatives move forward

7. Humanoid robots take strides

8. Autonomous trucks roll onward

9. Cobots get stronger, expand into new industries

10. Delivery robots hit more college campuses

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