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Spain: the fourth EU country to invest in industrial robotics

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Spain is at the epicenter of the technological revolution. Its commitment to industrial robotics could not be clearer. The country is experiencing a boom in automation and robotics that is transforming industry. Read on to discover the keys to this trend and its impact on the future!

Spain ranks fourth in investment in industrial robotics in the European Union

During 2022, a 12% increase in the installation of 3,800 new industrial robotics units was recorded. Especially driven by the Spanish automotive industry.

This growth reflects the upward trend in industrial robotics in the European Union. In the same period, nearly 72,000 new units were incorporated, marking a 6% increase compared to the previous year.

Even when considering non-member states, growth stood at 3%, totaling 84,000 units. You can see the distribution across the EU below:

These data are provided by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In its report, Spain is positioned as the fourth country with the highest investment in this sector among the 27 member countries. It is surpassed by Germany, Italy and France, and leads above Poland.

Investments in industrial robotics in these five countries represent approximately 70% of all industrial robots installed.  Specifically, in Spain, installations experienced a significant increase of 12%, reaching a total of 3,800 new units. IFR president Marina Bill explained.

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Automotive industry: predominant customer in Spain

In Spain, the automotive industry stands out as the main customer for industrial robotics demand. As in Germany, this prominence is due to the fact that both countries are recognized as the largest producers of automobiles on the European continent. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

Last year, companies belonging to this sector installed a total of 900 industrial robots in Spain. Including component manufacturers. 

This number marked an increase of 5% compared to the previous year. Thus demonstrating a steady growth trend in the adoption of robotic technology in the automotive industry.

In addition, another sector that also showed a remarkable growth in the incorporation of industrial robotics was the metal industry. It had an impressive increase of 20%, equaling the number of units installed in the automotive industry. 

Together, these sectors accounted for approximately half of all new industrial robot installations in the country during 2022. This continued growth in adopting robotic technology reflects a clear message: it shows the importance these sectors place on efficiency and innovation in their production processes. Read the key points: 

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Other countries investing in industrial robotics


Remains the leading investor in industrial robotics in 2022. Installing 26,000 units, representing 37% of the total in the European Union. In fact, it ranks as the fourth country with the highest density of robots. Surpassed only by Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

The automotive, metalworking, chemicals and plastics industries are the main sectors investing in robotics in Germany.


In the European Union, Italy stands out as the second most important market for industrial robotics. During 2022, it achieved an all-time record by installing 12,000 new units. Reflecting a 10% increase over the previous year.

These figures represent 16% of the EU total. The metal and solid machinery industry leads the way in robotics investment. It is closely followed by the chemicals and plastics industry, as well as the food and beverage industry.

France and Poland

In the ranking of investment in industrial robotics, France ranks third. It counts on the incorporation of 7,400 new industrial robots in 2022. Showing an increase of 15% over the previous year.

The metallurgical industry was the main driver of these facilities. Followed by the automotive sector. In this country, an increase in demand is anticipated thanks to a €100 billion stimulus package. All earmarked for investment in smart factory technologies.

On the other hand, Poland, which follows Spain in the ranking, decreased its investments in industrial robotics during 2022. All after peaking in 2021 with the addition of 3,500 new units. Also, after maintaining a solid upward trajectory for nine years.

The 3,100 industrial robots installed last year were mainly distributed in the metal and machinery industry. Also in the automotive industry.

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) notes that the conflict in Ukraine weakened manufacturing industries. However, they will be able to benefit from EU investment support until 2027. It will provide 160 billion euros.

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Industrial robotics is defining a new horizon in the Spanish and European economy – this transformation is just the beginning of what is to come! If you want to keep up to date with the latest news in technology and entrepreneurship in Spain, subscribe to our virtual library.

Also, feel free to comment if you have any questions about how industrial robotics is driving new ventures! Together we will explore the future of the industry in our country.

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