China from the 1970s began to develop the robot, after 40 years of development, the main robot products have achieved production, industrial robot manufacturers are beginning to take shape. According to the Chinese Robot Industry Association statistics, in 2014, China’s industrial robot sales amounted to 56,000 units in 2013 had surpassed Japan to become the world’s largest producer of robots. From the application type of view, in 2013, handling robots become the largest domestic sales of robots, came in second place is the welding robot, equipped with robots also show rapid development. International Federation of Robotics, said a report released in the future for a long period of time, China will continue the rapid growth of domestic demand robot, the annual growth of more than 25%, to 2017, sales in China will reach 10 million units robots, industrial robots China ownership will exceed 40 million units. In 2013, the Ministry issued the “Guiding Opinions on Promoting industrial robot development”, by 2020, must form a complete industrial system of industrial robots, high-end products, market share increased to 45%, the robot density (per thousand employees several robot) from the current less than 30 to 100 or more.
Although China has been rapid development of the robotics industry, but compared with developed countries, there is still a gap. Data show that the robot density of less than 30 from the average level is still lagging behind the world’s 62. Own brand products also can not meet the requirements of the various areas of national economic development. 2013, China’s own brand of industrial robots in the low-end coordinate robot, a plane-based multi-joint robot, the proportion of high-end six-axis robot in the world less than 6%, while foreign brands of multi-joint robot robot sales in China accounted for the proportion reached 62%.