… From Automate 2011 in Chicago: Industrial robotic companies mostly recovered from 2009 lows. Japan is the exception and China accounts for 127% of the growth. Much of the recovery was due to the renewal of facilities for newer hybrid cars in the auto industry.
… From InnoRobo 2011 in Lyon, France: The service sector didn’t go down as much as the industrial companies did—it grew steadily during the recession. But 2/3 of the growth was in defense, security and space.
… Bruno Bonnell, Pres. of the French Union of Service Robotics (Syrobo) said that the service robotic market will multiply to 30 times the current rate this decade and be a $100 billion/year industry by 2020.
… Much more, including economic drivers propelling this growth, here.