China has risen to now be a top consumer of mechanical equipment, specifically robots. The country bought one in five robots sold globally in 2013, overtaking tech-savvy Japan for the first time, in its attempt to drive productivity gains.

Robot sales to China have increased 36 per cent, on average, every year from 2008 to 2013, according to IFR data. The further growth potential is huge. The increased demand for robots in China is being driven primarily by large multinational manufacturers, especially in the automotive sector.

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