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Sunday, June 21, 2020, 16:04
China's industrial robot production up 16.9% in May
By Xinhua
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 16:04 By Xinhua

This Feb 20, 2020 photo shows robots working at a plant of Sany Heavy Industry in Changsha, central China's Hunan province. (CHEN ZEGUO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – China's industrial robot production rose 16.9 percent year on year in May to 17,794 units, official data showed.

In the January-May period this year, China produced 72,619 units of industrial robots, up 6.7 percent from the same period last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

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In 2019, the country's industrial robot production totaled about 177,000 units, down 3.1 percent from the previous year.

China strives to upgrade its labor-intensive manufacturing sector through technological innovation as it faces a shrinking working-age population and increasing labor costs.

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In 2016, the country issued guidelines vowing to expand the use of robots in industries such as automobile manufacturing, electronics, home appliances, aviation, textiles and chemical.

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