Over the years, global demand for collaborative robots or cobots has skyrocketed across many industries, as manufacturers found new tasks for them in their production and research facilities. Due to their ease of use and conveniences provided to end-users, cobots continue attracting attention and investments in the broader manufacturing industry, despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19.
According to data presented by Trading platforms, the global cobots market is expected to triple in the following years and hit nearly $2bn value by 2025.
Revenues to Grow by 30% Per Year
Industries are constantly looking for new technologies to lower production costs while increasing productivity and improving the quality of their products. The adoption of cobots is one of the ways to achieve these goals.
Unlike traditional industrial robots, a cobot or collaborative robot is specifically designed to work side-by-side with humans and can be used across different industries to perform tasks like assembly, dispensing, or quality inspections.
Statistics indicate that before the COVID-19, cobot installations worldwide grew by more than 60%, from around 11,000 units in 2017 to 18,000 units in 2019. Most of the cobots sold that year were used in the electronics and automotive industries.
In 2020, the global cobots market reached $475bn value, revealed the ABI Research and Statista data. This figure is set to rise to nearly $630bn in 2021 and continue growing in the following years. Statistics show revenues are set to grow by 30% annually in the next four years and hit $2bn by 2025. By 2030, the entire market is projected to hit an $8bn value.
Material Handling and Assembly the Most Used Cobot Applications
The Statista and Interact Analytics data also revealed that in 2022, the most common application for new shipments of collaborative robots will be material handling. Around 9,600 cobots or 31% of the total number expected to be shipped next year, will be used for this purpose.
Some 7,000 cobot units or 23% of total shipments are expected to be used for assembly. Another 13% or 4,000 units are forecast to be used for pick and place.
Statistics show that testing will be the fourth most-used cobot application, with 1,750 shipped units in 2022. Welding, sorting, and positioning follow, with 1,400, 1,250 and 1,050 units, respectively.
Tesla Has the Highest PE Ratio Among the World’s Ten Largest Companies
Using a stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is one of the quickest ways to learn whether a company is overvalued or undervalued. If a company’s stock is undervalued, it may be a good investment based on the current price. If it is overvalued, then investor should consider whether the company’s growth prospects justify the stock price.
According to data presented by StockApps.com, Tesla has the highest PE ratio among the world’s top ten companies by market cap. Last week, the price-to-earnings ratio of the tech giant hit 473 or seven times more than the second-ranked Amazon.
Tesla`s PE Ratio Almost Halved in a Year
The PE ratio is calculated as a stock’s current share price divided by earnings per share in the last twelve months. A high PE ratio could mean a company’s stock is overpriced or that investors are expecting high growth rates in the future. On the other hand, a low PE can indicate either that a company may be undervalued or that it is doing exceptionally well relative to its past trends.
Although Tesla has the highest price-to-earnings ratio among the world’s ten largest companies, the YCharts data showed its PE ratio almost halved in the past year.
In October 2020, the PE ratio of the tech giant stood at around 875. By the end of the year, this figure jumped to over 1,300. In January, Tesla’s PE ratio hit an all-time high of 1,401 and then dropped to 680 by the end of June. Statistics show the company’s price-per-earnings ratio more than halved in the following week, falling to around 350 in the first days of July.
Although this value jumped to 473 over the past three months, that is still 45% less than the PE ratio measured in October 2020.
Far below Tesla, Amazon ranked as the company with the second-highest PE ratio among the top ten. The price-per-earnings ratio of the eCommerce giant stood at 58.1 last week, significantly down from 95.8 a year ago.
As the company with the third-largest PE ratio among the top ten, Microsoft saw its PE ratio slightly increase from 35.5 to 37.4 during the last year.
Health Equity the Company with the Highest PE Ratio Globally, 6,759 as of Last Week
Although Tesla has convincingly the highest price-to-earnings ratio among the top ten companies, the tech giant ranked on the thirty-eight place of the global PE ratio list.
According to MarketBeat data, HealthEquity has the highest PE ratio globally. Last week, the price-to-earnings ratio of the US health care company stood at 6,759 or fourteen times more than Tesla.
The US transportation manufacturing corporation, The Greenbrier Companies ranked second, with a PE ratio of 4,565.
American online retailer of pet food, Chewy, and medical devices manufacturers NuVasive and Tandem Diabetes Care close the top five list, with PE ratios of 3,273, 2,879 and 2,544, respectively.
Facebook and Comic Republic Release #NoFalseNewsZone Comic Book Series in Nigeria
Facebook and Comic Republic have announced the launch of #NoFalseNewsZone online comic book, an exciting and educational comic series designed to help people think critically about the messages they see and read online. The series helps readers to identify false news and what they can do to help minimise its spread.
The online comic book, which comes in a three-part series will feature the stories of an experienced nurse, an intern reporter and a university student who are on their personal journey to educate people on how to curb false news, and also join the fight against misinformation to help create a #NoFalseNewsZone online.
“Facebook is excited to launch its #NoFalseNewsZone online comic book in collaboration with Comic Republic. We’ve come up with relatable and exciting stories to keep people entertained as we educate them on how to minimise its spread,” Oluwasola Obagbemi, Facebook’s Corporate Communications Manager for Anglophone West Africa said, while commenting on the launch. “As a pioneer of innovation for human connection through social presence, Facebook has given people the power to build communities and bring the world closer together in new and profound ways. Our hope is that with this online comic book, people will make informed decisions by thinking critically about what they read, trust and share,” Obagbemi added.
Speaking on the collaboration, Comic Republic CEO, Jide Martin said: “In a world where we are online for everything essential, it is now critical that we protect our new reality. More than ever, with just one tap online, you can either make or mar a life. As such, we must all be accountable for the information we share on social media. Comic Republic’s mission is rooted in storytelling for a cause, so the #NoFalseNewsZone campaign is right up our alley and such a thrill to work on. I urge people to read and pass it on but most of all, really think before you share unverified messages with their contacts. We don’t need superpowers to do good.”
What Limits E-commerce Growth in Certain Parts of the World?
E-commerce growth is predicted to reach the pre-pandemic level by the end of this year. However, Fast-Growing and Emerging regions remain excluded from access to global e-commerce due to prevailing constraints on cross-border shopping.
With global e-commerce sales predicted to reach $4.9 trillion by the end of this year, e-commerce has shaped new consumer habits when it comes to shopping preferences. Despite these predictions, e-commerce growth and accessibility in certain regions is still off-limits due to existing constraints that could be solved—with the right timing and approach.
In the first quarter of 2021, global e-commerce recorded $876 billion in sales—up 38% year-over-year, with predictions of a continued growth of 24.5% by 2025. Yet, the surge has not been as widespread as it would seem at a first glance. Huge numbers of the population in Fast-Growing and Emerging markets are unbanked—as many as 50% of Africans are still financially excluded, South and Central Americans following close behind with 38%. Because of this, certain regions are facing limitations when it comes to cross-border e-commerce.
Frank Breuss, CEO and co-founder of Nikulipe, a Fintech company creating and connecting Local Payment Methods to access Emerging and Fast-Growing Markets, points out that, while each Emerging Market has its own specific issues around cross-border payments, there are three main ones that stand out as most prevalent.
“Problems that are stifling growth in Fast-Growing and Emerging markets have been around for ages. Variety of payment cards, country-specific legislation and currency restrictions, as well as logistics are among the key issues hindering e-commerce growth. For example, while payment cards like Visa and Mastercard are widely available in North America or Western Europe, they’re not easily accessible in Fast-Growing and Emerging markets. Even if consumers have payment cards, these are often local ones, intended for domestic use only, meaning they cannot be used to purchase goods from international merchants.”
Breuss elaborates that the situation is similar with bank transfers. For those who have accounts with local banks, these financial institutions, in most cases, are not well-connected to the banking network internationally, making cross-border bank transfers very slow and expensive.
Country-specific legislations or the lack of them are also ongoing struggles for Fast-Growing and Emerging markets. Operational payment limits, where payment orders can be placed only on working days during certain hours, is something that Latin America deals with. Fragmented market is an ongoing headache for Africa—with over 40 different currencies and regulators, it poses hurdles to international merchants. According to Breuss, even if a consumer is able to purchase goods or services off an international website, the merchant might not have easy access to the payment itself.
Logistics issues like shipment restrictions or custom hold ups are another additional battle for many Emerging markets, adds Breuss. International merchants have to figure out ways to get goods to their clients in these regions in time, as well as overcome customs holdups, which add up to delays.
To help solve these issues for international Merchants and at the same time include as many consumers in global e-commerce as possible is not an easy task—it takes time, local know-how and perseverance, Breuss notes.
“A certain lack of clear regulations and laws in Emerging Markets up the complexity of introducing new solutions. First of all, it’s key to understand the markets and their nuances, in order to offer relevant local payment methods that are suitable for consumer needs in each market. Partnering up with reliable payment solutions providers could aid in handling money flow from Fast-Growing and Emerging markets back to the merchant.”
With issues like payment and card limitations as well as logistics, Fast-Growing and Emerging Markets are ripe for new solutions. Helping solve the long-lasting issues, could eventually draw exclusion from global e-commerce to a close. If consumers continue to show their wish to shop internationally, more merchants will try to find a solution to meet the demand—and consequently, bring more pressure on legislation to adopt the needed changes. Now, with the consumers in Emerging Markets doing exactly that, it seems to be the right time to start solving the complexities.
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