Machinery Industry Investing In Robots?

- Mar 27, 2018-

Ran across an interesting statistic from ASSEMBLY magazine's annual capital equipment spending survey: 

Compared with other industries, machinery manufacturers are more likely than manufacturers in other industries to invest in robots, at least for the past three years, anyway. For example, 32% of machinery manufacturers will buy robots next year, compared with 19% of all US assembly plants.

 2016 2017 2018

All Industries 14% 16% 19%

Machinery Manufacturing Industry 15% 22% 32%

What's up with that?