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Robotic innovation among food manufacturers is declining – data

Robotics research and innovation in food manufacturing has declined over the past year, suggests GlobalData.

The latest figures from the UK-based data and analytics group show the number of robotics-related patent applications in industry rose to 35 in the three months to February, compared to 44 over the same period in 2021.

Numbers on granted patents followed a similar trend to filings, dropping from 14 in the three months ending February 2021 to 13 in the same period in 2022.

GlobalData, the parent company of Just Food, tracks patent filings and office approvals around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into thematic areas and linked to key companies in various industries.

Robotics is seen by GlobalData as a disruptive force that businesses will face in the coming years and is one of the areas where companies currently investing resources are expected to reap the rewards.

Noodle maker Uni-President China Holdings filed 25 robotics-related patents in the three months to February. That figure was down from 38 during the same period in 2021. It was followed by Taiwan-based Uni-President Enterprises Corp with six robotics patent applications.

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