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80 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2021 Spread the word. If you have a significant electronics industry event that you would like to announce, please send me the details at, and we will con- sider adding it to the list. Refer to our column and the PCEA web- site to stay up to date with the up-and-coming industry events. If you have not yet joined the PCEA collective, please visit and find out how to become a PCEA member. Conclusion Whether we realize it or not, we leave foot- prints on every activity we take part in. We leave physical footprints from our walk into the office. We leave digital footprints on the internet while searching for data used to cre- ate component footprints for our PCB design libraries. Hopefully, the professional footprints we leave throughout our careers will not only show that we collected data to achieve our own personal goals, but our footprints will show interwoven paths to people we helped in order to achieve their goals along the way. Lasting footprints not only reflect two surfaces which happen to have met with one another. ey reflect all the brilliance of the people and ideas above and below their contact surfaces. See you next month or sooner! DESIGN007 Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, is the communication officer for the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). To read past columns or contact Dack, click here. The average robot density in the manufac- turing industry hit a new global record of 113 units per 10,000 employees. By regions, West- ern Europe (225 units) and the Nordic Euro- pean countries (204 units) have the most auto- mated production, followed by North America (153 units) and South East Asia (119 units). The world´s top 10 most automated countries are: Singapore (1), South Korea (2), Japan (3), Ger- many (4), Sweden (5), Denmark (6), Hong Kong (7), Taiwan (8), USA (9) and Belgium and Luxemburg (10). This is according to the latest World Robotics statis- tics, issued by the Interna- tional Federation of Robot- ics (IFR). The country with the high- est robot density by far remains Singapore with 918 units per 10,000 employees in 2019. South Korea comes second with 868 units per 10,000 employees in 2019. J a p a n ( 3 6 4 r o b o t s p e r 10,000 employees) and Germany (346 units), rank third and fourth respectively. Japan is the world´s predominant robot manufacturing coun- try—where even robots assemble robots: 47% of the global robot production are made in Nip- pon. Germany is by far the largest robot market in Europe with 38% of Europe's industrial robots operating in factories here. Sweden remains in fifth position with a robot density of 274 units operating with a share of 35% in the metal industry and another 35% in the automotive industry. T h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f robot density in China con- tinues dynamically: Today, China's robot density in the manufacturing industry ranks 15th worldwide. Next to car production, China is also a major producer of electronic devices, batter- ies, semiconductors, and microchips. (Source: IFR) Robot Race: The World´s Top 10 Automated Countries

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