AGV Market 2018
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I Current Status of AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) Market
- With many companies newly entered the market, the market players have been increasing.
- Number of AGV companies has been on the rise, especially those for car body and systems.
- AGVs can be categorized into three grades according to the types of manufacturing industry. The attempts toward non-manufacturing industry are noteworthy.
- Transition of Market Size
- Though the growth of the sales volume has slowed down a little in FY2018, the AGV market has been on the rise.
- The market size based on the sales value is also expanding, to the level that has never achieved before.
- Transition of market share by manufacturer
- Demand structure of AGV largely depends on manufacturing industry. Especially needed are those for automobile (auto parts) industry
- Some Japanese makers currently occupy large share in the global market, but regarding new suggestions of AGV, they seem to have been left behind.
II Noteworthy Trends of AGV Technologies
- No differentiation can be done in the main magnetic induction technology. The key is in the software processing technology for laser-guide AGV.
- The function to prevent obstacles have the key for developing new applications. However, the usability is yet a mystery.
- The main power sources are still LiB as well as lead storage battery. New products have become introducing only LiB for the power source.
- The difference in feeding systems cannot be the decisive point of differentiation. The suggestions regarding the entire systems are the key.
- Each market player plays its adequate roles. The companies that develop new demands have increased.
III Attempts by Leading Market Players
- OMRON Corporation
- KUKA Japan
- ZMP Inc.
- Sharp Corporation
- Daifuku Co., Ltd.
- Nakanishi Metal Works Co., Ltd.
- NIDEC-SHIMPO CORPORATION
- Ricoh Industry Company, Ltd.
- Other Companies
IV Future Outlook of AGV Market
- Autonomous cruising technologies will change how to use AGV. Use of AGV that coexists with humans will develop applications.
- Decreasing birthrate and aging population are sure to progress. It is indispensable to expand using of AGV in order to maintain the labor (work efficiency).
- New suggestions have been attracting attention. Growth is up to newly-entered companies and new products.
- Shift of ideas from applying AGV in the manufacturing processes to making the most of AGV when manufacturing things.
- No growth can be expected in the standard types and reduce-price types. Market expansion depends on expensive AGVs.
- The market size is likely to turn for expansion by FY2021.