The e-commerce industry has significantly evolved in the last few years as an increasing number of consumers are favoring new ways of shopping. With their changing preferences, consumers have become more inclined towards online shopping and doorstep delivery. As a result, the packaging manufacturers or handlers have come across huge opportunities to grow across the countries.
The e-commerce industry has been exhibiting increasing demand for single-SKU pallets typically used for retail and warehouse fulfilment, which results in smaller cases and pallet sizes. Palletizers need to operate at a faster rate to operate smaller loads instead of larger loads.
Robotic palletizer and de-palletizer manufacturers are looking for in-built flexibility that can help users avoid additional reprogramming costs for their robotic palletizers down the line. Study predicts that, the demand of robotic palletizers & de-palletizers is likely to surge considerably, pushing the market to reach a valuation of over US$ 2.4 Bn by 2022.
Some of the key takeaways from the report are:
- By product type, boxes/cases segment (palletizers and de-palletizers) is likely to witness surging demand especially in the industrial packaging sector
- In terms of place, factories have emerged dominant and is expected to continue leading the market through the forecast period between 2020 and 2030
- Articulated robots have emerged dominant among machine types and is forecast to reach a market valuation of US$ 1.6 Bn by the end of 2025
- Accounting for nearly one-third of the global market share, food and beverages industry has emerged as the leading end user
- South and East Asia together are forecast to emerge as the largest market for robotic palletizers and de-palletizers.
“Leading market players are focusing on expanding their production capacities and geographic presence. With leading industries showing inclination towards adoption of more atomized packaging systems, market players are likelier to focus on innovations,” says study analyst.
Rising Demand Articulated Robotic Palletizers & De-palletizers
Articulated robotic palletizers take up very tittle space, making it hugely demanded among end users. In contrast, traditional palletizers & de-palletizers require larger space and hence less preferred among manufacturing or warehousing units.
Some of the leading companies such as KUKA AG, FANUC Corporation, ABB Ltd and others are adopting new technologies and procedure in order to improve the operating rate and load handling capability so that these improved machines can be applicable in the places traditional palletizers are preferred for their heavy load handling potential and higher speed.
Presently, articulated robots are programmed to handle load up to 2,000 kg and operate at speed of around 5,000 cycles per minute. Apart from low space consumption, various other advanced technological features have played very important roles in the surge in demand for articulated robots.
In this modern digital era, robotic palletizers are getting equipped with artificial intelligence in order to minimize the error created by a computer operator in the input and the probability of products being wrongly handled. Despite of holding huge scope of implementation, AI technology tends to result in advanced technological developments in the domain of palletizing and de-palletizing market during the forecast period (2020-2030).
COVID-19 Impacts on Robotic Palletizers & De-Palletizers Market
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce sectors are experiencing significant sales growth in the current year (2020). As online shopping has become more popular among the consumers due to the social distancing and other norms, the demand of automated palletizers market is likely to grow in inventory management segment.
In order to fulfil huge demand for robotic palletizers and de-palletizers, manufacturers have been accelerating their production procedure. In order to increase production and minimize the constraints related to labors, robotic palletizers and de-palletizers are adopting modern technologies to sustain in the global market.
On the flip side, the unprecedented outbreak of COVID -19 has negatively affected food & beverages sector, which is resulting in decline in applications. Supply-chain disruptions witnessed during extended period of lockdown have adversely affected operations of packaging manufacturers. Such disruptions have been reported across countries such as France, Italy, China, India, Poland, and others.
Who is winning?
As the global robotic palletizers and de-palletizers market is to offer increase in opportunities for various market players, the top players like Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, FANUC Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. And others are continuously assessing and adopting new technologies in order to cater to the growth in demand among the global end-users.