Robots and machine tools take direct hit from US-China trade friction


As the economic friction between the US and China becomes long term, the gas welding materials market has seen a large drop in exports of welding robots to China, reports The Gas Review.

The value for April through September was down 35.8% to ¥30bn, according to the Japan Robot Association, clearly reflecting the impact of current US-China trade problems.

Welding robots were not the only China-bound products to take a hit. Ordered amount of exports to China of machine tools for April through September were down 47.4% to ¥44bn, according to the Japanese Machine Tools Builders’ Association.

As for shipment value of export to China in September, exports of hydraulic breaker crushers suddenly dropped 24.6%, according to the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association.

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