Japanese Robot Makers May Be Big Winners

Some analysts are expecting strong benefits for Japanese robot makers triggered by the current economic situation, especially inflation in Asian economies.

"Japanese robot and machinery makers could be winners this year as Asian manufacturers, faced with rising wage costs and surging prices for energy and other commodities, seek to boost efficiency and cut labor dependency by automating their production lines..."

What they don't mention is the possibility that in the longer term, as production becomes more and more automated, those same production lines may move back to the US and Europe. As the percentage of total product manufacturing and distribution cost attributed to labor drops, off shoring manufacturing will become less and less attractive while other factors, like shipping, communications, responsiveness, and support will play a bigger role in corporate decision making and strategic planning.

Robot makers to win from Asia inflation: report

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