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May 31, 2022updated 30 May 2022 10:59am

Robotics innovation among ship industry companies dropped off in the last quarter

Analysis of patent filings shows an decrease in robotics related applications in the industry following a rise over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in robotics in the ship equipment supply, product and services sector has declined in the last quarter – but remains higher than it was a year ago.

The most recent figures show that the number of robotics related patent applications in the industry stood at 14 in the three months ending March – up from five over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to robotics followed a similar pattern to filings – growing from three in the three months ending March 2021 to four in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

Robotics is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd was the top robotics innovator in the ship equipment supply, product and services sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in South Korea, filed six robotics related patents in the three months ending March. That was up from zero over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based FedEx Corp with four robotics patent applications, the United States based Uber Technologies Inc (2 applications), and South Korea based Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd (1 applications).

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