More than 800 enterprises that provide products and services spanning electronics, machinery, chemicals and medical services have already laid sound foundations for the upgrade, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. China produced 72,400 industrial robots in 2016, up 34.3 percent year on year. Sales are expected to exceed 50 billion yuan (about 7.26 billion U.S. dollars) in 2020.

CAS news release, April 7, 2017