The total output value is 143.4 billion yuan! Announcement of the White Paper on the Development of





On April 9, 2021, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Shenzhen Advanced Technology Research Institute and the Shenzhen Robotics Association jointly released the White Paper on the Development of the Robot Industry in Shenzhen (2020) at the 2021 New Generation Information and Communication Industry Academician Forum. It is understood that the 'White Paper' is guided by the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology, and jointly released by the Shenzhen Advanced Institute and the Shenzhen Robotics Association for 7 consecutive years since 2014.


According to the data from the White Paper, the total output value of the robot industry in Shenzhen in 2020 was 143.4 billion yuan, an increase of 14.08% compared to 125.7 billion yuan in 2019. The growth rate of the output value has significantly rebounded and returned to the fast lane of development. The total number of robotics enterprises in Shenzhen reached 842, an increase of 11.23% compared to 757 in 2019, with nearly 580 member enterprises of the Shenzhen Robotics Association.


Number of Robotics Industry Enterprises in Shenzhen from 2014 to 2020


Total output value of Shenzhen's robotics industry from 2014 to 2020 (100 million yuan)

In 2020, due to the impact of the epidemic, robots became the main force in the fight against the epidemic, and the industry showed explosive growth. It is worth mentioning that the sales revenue of commercial service robots has significantly increased, an increase of 71.46% compared to 2019, marking the first time that the overall revenue has turned into profit. According to the White Paper, the output value of industrial robots in Shenzhen in 2020 was 90.4 billion yuan, an increase of 9.98% compared to 2019. Among them, the output value of system integrator enterprises accounted for as much as 50%, and sales revenue increased by 11.50% year-on-year. In 2020, the output value of non industrial robots in Shenzhen was 53 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 21.84%. The industrial scale further expanded, accounting for 36.98% of the total output value of the robot industry.

In addition, this year's White Paper summarizes the patent application and financing situation of robot enterprises in Shenzhen in 2020. From the perspective of patent achievements, the number of patent applications and authorizations for the robot industry in Shenzhen has entered a period of rapid growth. In 2020, there were 7793 patent applications and 3242 patent authorizations for the robot industry in Shenzhen, with the majority of industrial patent entities being robot enterprises. With the rapid expansion of the Science and Technology Innovation Board, there is a particular emphasis on 'hard technology' for listed companies, and as a representative of hard technology, robot companies have also been favored by investors in recent years. In 2020, the total financing amount of the Shenzhen robot industry exceeded 18.6 billion yuan, with over 45 financing events and 9 IPO listed companies, with a maximum single financing amount of 1 billion US dollars.

The White Paper mentions that the development of Shenzhen's robotics industry faces three trends: firstly, 5G will accelerate the development of robotics technology and product networking; The second is to cultivate industrial clusters to provide rich application scenarios and technical support for the development of robots; The third is the emergence of logistics robots, which have become one of the most active sub sectors in the face of changes in the logistics field. In this situation, the white paper proposes three development suggestions for robot enterprises: using ecological transformation to stimulate the demand for robots; Accelerate the integration of digital technology and robotics technology; Utilize the role of cluster platforms to accelerate integration with scenarios.


2020 Shenzhen Robot Industry Atlas


Typical Cases of Shenzhen's Robot Industry in 2020