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April 25, 2022updated 09 May 2022 12:31pm

Ship industry companies are increasingly innovating in robotics

Analysis of patent filings shows a growing level of robotics related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in robotics in the ship equipment supply, product and services sector is on the rise.

The most recent figures show that the number of robotics related patent applications in the industry stood at 24 in the three months ending February – up from 10 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 February 2021 to eight 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.

Uber Technologies Inc 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 the United States, filed 10 robotics related patents in the three months ending February. That was up from four over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the South Korea based Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd with five robotics patent applications, the United States based FedEx Corp (4 applications), and China based China International Marine Containers (Group) Co Ltd (2 applications).

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