The automotive industry is the most mature field of AGV applications, and it is also one of the largest markets for AGV. However, with the recent decline of the automotive industry, the application of AGV in the automotive industry seems to have a cold trend.
Continued decline in the automotive market
In 2018, the Chinese auto market experienced a decline in sales for the first time in 28 years. Until this year, the situation has not improved. In the first half of the year, China’s automobile production and sales completed 12.132 million units and 12.323 million units respectively, and the production and sales volume decreased by 13.7% compared with the same period of the previous year. 12.4%, the market is still sluggish.
The continued decline in car sales has made many car manufacturers more and more difficult. At the same time, the entire automobile manufacturing industry was also affected. In the first half of the year, the profit of the automobile manufacturing industry fell sharply by 24.9%.
After two consecutive years of loss, it is unclear whether Zhengzhou or Hainan’s Haima Automobile sold 401 properties for self-rescue. Beijing Hyundai first shut down the factory in Beijing for 46 days and then shut down a factory in Beijing. Kia also said that due to the continued decline in sales in China, one of the three factories in China will be closed. France's PSA Peugeot Citroen Group (PSA) and Dongfeng Motor will also close two of the four factories in China, the Shenlong Automobile Co., Ltd., and Shenlong Motor will close the Wuhan No. 1 Plant and sell the idle Wuhan No. 2 Plant. By the end of 2019, the total number of Shenlong auto employees will be reduced from 8,000 to 5,000, and will further drop to 4,000 in the next three years.
The automakers have had a hard time. The AGV companies, which are equipment suppliers, have naturally been affected. According to relevant industry sources, some AGV projects are being stopped. After all, the overall environment is not good. Can not sell, companies must also open source and reduce expenditure, this kind of project to spend money naturally can not be ignored.
How big is the impact of AGV companies?
As the first large application market of AGV, the impact of the decline of the automotive industry on related companies is questioned by the mother, but it is not too deep to say how deep.
First of all, the affected enterprises are only a part. Although the automotive industry is a big market for AGV applications, most companies are not focused on a single market. Some companies have never even touched the automotive industry, so how much impact it has to say For some companies, it is still not talked about. Moreover, with the gradual understanding of AGV applications in various industries, the application field of AGV is also expanding, various emerging markets are being developed, and the demand of the automotive industry is decreasing, but the demand for the overall market is increasing.
Secondly, the situation in the automotive industry has not been as severe as expected. Most of the sales of the enterprises have declined. However, some manufacturers are growing against the trend. Honda and Toyota respectively increased their sales by 9.4% and 8.3% in July. Dongfeng Nissan's terminal sales in July reached 83,055 units, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%. In the first half of this year, BMW sold 350,070 vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 16.8%.
CSG Hua Xiao, who is highly concentrated in the automotive industry, said that after a long period of high-speed development, it is normal for the current automotive industry to enter a period of slow growth. Although CSG Huaxiao is relatively difficult in the automotive industry this year and has not achieved the expected growth rate, its business has not declined overall. In Hua Xiao's view, the downturn in the auto industry is only a normal phenomenon after the industry enters a certain stage of development. As a equipment supplier, as long as its competitiveness is strong enough, it can also seize a sufficient share in the shrinking market. .
In fact, whether it is a decline in the automotive industry or a change in the environment of other industries in the future, for AGV companies, the impact of changes in the external environment on the company must exist, but how to minimize this impact It is also a business that should be considered. Do not put the eggs in a blue, or have enough competitiveness to seize the share of other companies in the shrinking market. In any case, companies should have their own clear plans and core Competitiveness, in order to gain a foothold in the changing market, will not be led.