MARCH 22, 2023 — U.S. capital expenditures for robotic equipment totaled $11,536 million and accounted for 1.1% of total equipment expenditures in 2021, according to new Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) estimates released today. ACES estimates by kind of business add detail to national-level estimates of investment in machinery and equipment.
Capital expenditures for both industrial and service robotic equipment were collected for the first time in the 2018 ACES. Growing interest and high demand by researchers, congressional members and other groups led to measuring robotic expenditures to provide insight into robotic adoption intensity and its impact on employment and productivity. Robotic equipment expenditures for both 2018 and 2019 were associated with companies’ primary business activity. Beginning with the 2020 ACES, the estimates reflect a different way of collecting the data. Specifically, data were requested for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries in which the robotic investment was made.
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