Domestic Business-Use Cleaning Robot Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2018

Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has conducted a survey on the business-use cleaning robot market and has found out the trends by use, trends of the leading companies, and the future outlook.

Figure: Transition and Forecast of Domestic Business-Use Cleaning Robot Market
Figure: Transition and Forecast of Domestic Business-Use Cleaning Robot Market

Market Overview

The work that business-use cleaning robots do is primarily the work currently inefficiently conducted by the humans at cruel environments.  There is no doubt that business-use cleaning robots can be effective for replacing human tasks.  Against this backdrop, a variety of companies have entered the market one after another from listed companies to the ventures.

The domestic business-use cleaning robot market in FY2017 is projected to achieve 767 million yen, 122.3 % of the size of the previous fiscal year, based on the shipment value at manufacturers.  Although the market has been on the rise, the size is still small.  As unit price of the products varies according to the use, those that have relatively high sales composition ratios are floor sweeping, floor cleaning and under-water cleaning robots.

Noteworthy Topics

In order to encourage wider use of business-use cleaning robots, both the makers and the users have challenges to solve.  What required at the makers’ side is improvement in product performance which may sometimes lead to potential functional development and also in usefulness.  What needed at users’ side is the readiness to accept robots and to build a structure to facilitate such acceptance, though the circumstances may be different according to the use.

Floor-cleaning and window-cleaning robots have room to improve, so that they have yet to mature as products.  On the other hand, the environment to accept the robots is incomplete at the users’ side, with little consideration of trying to utilize the maximum performance of the robots.  Though this cannot be helped, because the users have lack of experience of introducing any robots, they have to overcome their hardships or the robots cannot be widely accepted.

Research Outline

1.Research Period: December 2017 to March 2018
2.Research Object: Domestic manufacturers, distributers, R&D companies of business-use cleaning robots, and the concerned government agencies and organizations
3.Research Methogology: Face-to-face interviews by the expert researchers, survey via telephone and email, and literature search

What are Business-Use Cleaning Robots?

Business-use cleaning robots in this research indicate those robots that have business-use cleaning, sweeping and washing functions, not to be used for households. They are also defined to have sensing, self-controlling, and driving (cruising) functions, but they do not have to be equipped with all of such functions, if they are able to substitute for human work at cruel working environments.  This research limits to those robots directly sold as products and exclude those in-house cleaners within a company.

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