With growing possibilities with the internet of things (IoT), technological modifications are achieving unimaginable heights. From the concept of the smart city to robots substituting labor at different verticals of life- IoT is offering various opportunities for the world. Since the origin of robots, researchers and developers have been hovering their mind to attain services relevant to easy and cost-effective functions, including cleaning. The world is witnessing a revolution in the automation sector with industrial robots, cleaning robots, and others, which is creating a humongous demand influx in the Cleaning Robot Market.
Additionally, disposing of dust, pet hair or any other debris at home, office, industries, and even hospitals have become easier to clean with cleaning robots. A&K Robotics, an innovative robotics company, bring seven artificially intelligent robots to University of British Columbia (UBC) to clean UBC's Vancouver campus. The founders of A&K Robotics have created innovative technology so that manual cleaning devices can transform into self-driving motors. The trials have been smooth, and the company has further attained the contracts with Vancouver International Airport, and clients in Europe and the U.S. The rise of labor insufficiency and compact size of cleaning robots are driving the cleaning robot market. In 2018, the cleaning robot market collected $2.12 billion revenue across the globe. The market is evaluated to witness growth at a profitable CAGR of 17.5%, during the forecast period 2019-2025.
The automation market size was estimated between $155 billion-$160 billion in 2018. Furthermore, as per the analysis of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the global trade value of vacuum cleaners including wet and dry cleaners budgeted around $14.48 billion in 2018. The global trade value experienced an annual growth of 17% year on year. It can be concluded from these statistics that a valuable part of these host markets' revenue is contributing to expansion of the cleaning robot market size.
Global Cleaning Robot Market Size Dominated by APAC:
Constant technological advancement and modernization with respect to robotics coupled with the compact size, as compared to traditional robots in various parts of APAC such as China, India, Malaysia, and others are fueling the growth of the APAC cleaning robots market.
APAC Cleaning Robot Market to Get Traction by South Korea's Songdo International Business District –
Industries are adopting technologies for smart and advanced living, which is leading towards growth of a smart city. The idea is gradually gaining grounds globally but South Korea has already made one and it is attracting the end-user vendors to spend more in the concept of the smart city. Songdo International Business District is an innovative smart city that has been built from nothing on 600ha of reclaimed land just southwest of Seoul. Compared to Seoul's populated cityscape, 40% of the industry district is earmarked to green space, which includes bicycle lanes, waterways, and even passenger pavements. Energy is harvested from human waste, as well as wind and solar power to run the city. Songdo became the first district in South Korea to get felicitated by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. This smart city also includes cleaning robots to make living easy and pollution free. Therefore, with the growth of the smart city in South Korea, the cleaning robot market in the APAC will observe an upsurge in its revenue collection.
· China's Ecovacs Robotics Co's Record-breaking Sale is Contributing Directly to the APAC Cleaning Robot Market Growth –
China is the world's leading countries in the automation industry. On November, 2018, which was China's annual Singles Day online shopping festival, Ecovacs Robotics Co, China's in-home robotic products manufacturer witnessed a sale of popular smart vacuum robots worth 100 million yuan, within just half an hour. Also, Ecovac's product sale including floor sweeping and window cleaning robots reached a record of worth 700 million yuan during the peak season in 2018. This statistic shows the flourishment of cleaning robot market in the APAC region.
· Chinese Smartphone Vendor Xiaomi Corp Launches Smart Vacuum cleaners and Empowers Cleaning Robot Market –
Domestic robots are becoming a necessity in Chinese households and different companies are interested in this technology. The latest one to join the clan is Chinese Smartphone Vendor Xiaomi Corp. The company launched a string of smart vacuum cleaners which priced from 1,300 to 2,500 yuan and were equipped with a central processing unit and multiple sensors. Hence, the cleaning robot market is expanding further.
· Government Ventures to Boost APAC Cleaning Robot Market –
China is expanding its robotics market at a fast pace. The government is also contributing to it. Apart from the many policies initiated by the government, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in 2016 unveiled a plan to sell more than 30 billion yuan of service robots by 2020 to satisfy the demands of different industries such as healthcare, education, entertainment, medical and defense. These huge number of service robots also include cleaning robots that will be assigned in different industrial verticals, and thus, APAC cleaning robot market will heighten in the upcoming years.
· The Cleaning Robot Market to Get Uplifted by iPal Robot for Elderly Care –
The increasing geriatric population is also contributing to the augmentation of the cleaning robot market. In 2017, more than 240 million people were 60 years of age or older in China and it is anticipated to rise till 400 million in 2033. AvatarMind, Nanjing, Jiangsu-based robotics making organization came up with iPal, a humanoid robot to serve the aging. Apart from normal household chores, they can also react to touch and give voice inputs to the user by turning its head. iPal is further programmed to perform Chinese opera, hold simple conversations and give weather reports and remind users of taking medicines. These growing rate of iPad production is surely going to give great gains to the cleaning robot market players.
Cleaning Robot Market: Key Application
The key application of the cleaning robot can be found at the residential cleaning robot. The world's population is increasing regularly. It is expected to rise more than one billion people over the next 13 years, reaching 8.6 billion in 2030, and to increase further to 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. This humongous growth will reflect in the rising urbanization which will directly need the use of smarter technologies such as cleaning robots. Furthermore, over the next 40 years, the world is expected to construct 230 billion square meters in new buildings. With such growing population and houses getting built across the globe, cleaning robots market is surely going to thrive, and the players will acquire impeccable returns in the upcoming years. The implementation of residential cleaning robot is expected to grow at a propitious CAGR of 17.85% in the forecast period of 2019-2025.
Cleaning Robot Market Growth Drivers –
Advantages of servo motors and drives such as high accuracy and speed, lightweight machines, reduced size, increase in speed, and higher torque are leading up to the growth of cleaning robot market across the world.
· New Roomba i7+ - The Newest iRobot to Clean and Offload Dirt Bin into Special Doc and Keep Functioning –
Many cleaning robots are deployed across the globe who are making lives easy. The latest one that has made a mark is iRobot's Roomba i7+. The two big innovations that make it unique from others is that it can remember the house layout and clean it with more efficiency. Also, it can autonomously recharge on a new clean base dock that has its large dustbin and vacuum system, and can suck the dirt out of the robot’s bin so that it doesn't need any human intervention to do so. This new cleaning robot is set to become a huge success in the cleaning robot market driving the major players to come up with more innovations in the next years.
· China's 'OpenEdge' Computing Platform to Reap Off Benefits for the Cleaning Robot Market Players –
With improving technology, advancement in sensors having inbuilt artificial intelligence (AI) is going to see advancement. Baidu, which recently shared China’s first open source edge computing platform, 'OpenEdge' is going to empower robots with AI, that will reduce bandwidth and CPU overheads used by cloud infrastructure. This will initiate smarter robots in homes and industrial settings, and hence, cleaning robot market is going to expand further in the next years.
· Amazon's AWS RoboMaker platform to Pave New Ways for Cleaning Robot Market Vendors –
Amazon has recently announced its launch of AWS RoboMaker platform, with a legal framework that would lend assurance, trust, and real innovation. Built on the open source Robotic Operating System (ROS) standards, this enabled robots' penetration towards development, deployment, and involvement is going to benefit the cleaning robot market end-users.
Cleaning Robot Market: Competitive Landscape
The major market forces who are currently holding maximum shares in the cleaning robot market are Dyson Ltd, Ecovacs Robotics, LG Electronics Inc., Neato Robotics, Infinuvo, iRobot Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Intellibot Robotics LLC, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Yujin Robot Co., Ltd., and Fmart FM.
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