In 2017, the domestic economy showed a steady and progressive development trend, and the level of international trade gradually improved. China's AGV industry also ushered in explosive growth. AGV is an automatic guided vehicle. It has highly flexible and intelligent logistics handling equipment and is called a mobile robot. With core technologies such as sensor technology, navigation technology, servo drive technology, and system integration technology, it is widely used in the automotive, tobacco, banknote printing, newsprint and other industries. Amazon Kiva robots are typical representatives of AGV. However, for the time being, AGV still needs to complete the picking operation manually, and the efficiency needs to be improved.
AGV robots are playing an increasingly significant role in solving labor shortages, increasing productivity, improving product quality, and reducing production costs. Welding, painting, handling, and assembly in industrial fields have begun to use robots in large numbers. In addition, robots are also being used in the military, marine exploration, aerospace, medical, agricultural, forestry, and even service and entertainment industries. The future development of the logistics industry is also inseparable from the support of robotics. Robotics is playing an increasingly important role in logistics operations and is an important factor leading the development trend of modern logistics.
So far, dozens of Chinese AGV brand companies have developed. In the development process represented by Xinsong and Kunshun Ships, Chinese AGV companies have shown rapid growth in the past two years. Data show that the number of domestic AGV cars increased by 4,280 units in 2015, an increase of 34% over the same period in 2014. Among them, AGV car sales accounted for more than half, and AGC (Automated Guided Cart) accounted for 45%. The new demand for the AGV market in 2015 mainly comes from the automotive, 3C, e-commerce, and tobacco industries, with the automotive industry still the most important market. Secondly, the application in the field of e-commerce also has a good performance. In 2016, some e-commerce companies built logistics bases, including JD.com and Cainiao. In the next few years, the demand for AGV in the field of logistics and logistics and 3C electronics manufacturing will make breakthrough progress, the growth rate will exceed 45%, and the industry will enter a period of rapid development.
However, we are clearly aware that the core and key technologies of AGV are more mastered in foreign-branded enterprises, and the R & D and control of core technologies require companies to invest more energy and funds. In addition to the development of core technologies, there is also much room for improvement in system integration services for the Chinese AGV market. Made in China 2025 leads the development, and AGV helps boost the pace of development. With the extension of multiple applications in e-commerce, manufacturing, logistics and other industries, China's AGV will face more development opportunities. It is also necessary to strengthen its own competitiveness, avoid low-price competition, repeat manufacturing, seize the trend of the industry, and transform to more diversified and innovative development, so that China's AGV can enter the ranks of world's manufacturing power as soon as possible.