2024 Q1 China Mobile Robots Market Trends Part 1 – Automotive Sector

Overview of Mobile Robots Market Growth in Q1 2024

The first quarter of 2024 has shown significant developments in the adoption of mobile robots (AGV/AMR) within China’s automotive sector. According to the latest data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, vehicle production and sales reached 6.606 million and 6.72 million units, respectively, marking year-on-year increases of 6.4% and 10.6%. This growth has had a notable impact on the demand for mobile robots, particularly in the realm of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

Increased Demand for Production Efficiency

The rapid growth of NEVs, with production and sales hitting 2.115 million and 2.09 million units (up 28.2% and 31.8% year-on-year), has driven the automotive industry to seek higher production efficiency. AGV/AMR systems have become essential tools in smart manufacturing, offering solutions that automate and optimize production lines, thereby enhancing productivity and ensuring superior product quality.

NEV Production and Logistics Automation

  1. Battery Production and Assembly: The production of NEVs involves extensive battery assembly and transportation. AGV/AMR systems play a crucial role in automating these processes, ensuring safe and efficient production lines.
  2. Component and Product Transportation: Automotive manufacturing requires the seamless transportation of components and finished products. AGV/AMR systems provide reliable solutions for internal logistics, reducing labor costs and improving overall logistics efficiency.

Challenges in the Construction Machinery Industry

While the automotive sector has seen robust growth, the construction machinery industry has faced more challenges. The China Construction Machinery Association reported that domestic excavator sales in March reached 15,188 units, a 9.27% year-on-year increase. However, the overall Q1 sales of 26,466 units marked an 8.26% year-on-year decline.

  1. Market Uncertainty: The construction machinery market remains volatile, with fluctuating demand posing significant challenges for manufacturers.
  2. Production Line Automation: The complexity of producing construction machinery, coupled with the need for handling heavy components, makes AGV/AMR systems valuable for automating transportation and assembly processes.
  3. Warehouse Logistics: Efficient inventory management is crucial in responding to market changes. AGV/AMR systems can automate warehouse logistics, optimizing storage and retrieval processes.


In summary, the demand for mobile robots in China’s automotive sector is on the rise, driven by the rapid growth of the NEV market and the need for enhanced production efficiency. Although the construction machinery industry faces more significant challenges, the adoption of AGV/AMR systems in specific sub-segments presents new opportunities. As market conditions continue to evolve, mobile robots will play an increasingly vital role in improving production efficiency and optimizing logistics management.

Reference: Mobile Robot and AGV/AMR Industry Alliance. (2024). 2024年一季度移动机器人发展研报-新战略.

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