This market report assessment aims to provide information that trade gamers will find useful when investing in this sector. The report examines four key areas in the industry, including the use of equipment, types of robots, upcoming trends, and the global table tennis robots market.
The Global market for table tennis robots is steadily growing. The researchers forecast the global market size of table tennis robots to grow at a CAGR of roughly 45.5 percent over the next five years, according to their latest report titled “Global Macroeconomic Overview and Industry Forecast, 2022.”
This study includes not only the revenue generated from the sale of the robotic table tennis playing machines but also non-table tennis robotics. The report focuses on industry dynamics fueling the current market growth. It also notes that high growth segments of the table tennis industry can be identified by analyzing macro-and microeconomic factors based on the PESTEL framework.
The aim of using the PESTEL analysis is to help understand the factors behind the popularity of table tennis robots in different segments of the sport. Market growth is estimated using complex algorithms such as regression analysis and evaluating customer sentiment regarding table tennis robotics.
Global Table Tennis Robot Market Assessment
The corona pandemic has impacted the industry of table tennis robots both positively and negatively. The industry has faced slow growth from 2021 to 2028.
The market for table tennis robots is divided by type and application. For the period 2016-2028, revenue in the segment is expected to grow at a fast pace.
Global major companies leading the industry of table tennis robots are as follow-
- Newgy Industries
- Butterfly Table Tennis
- TEH-JOU Science and Technology
- HUI PANG
- TAIDE SPORTS GOODS
Global Table Tennis Robot Market Segmentation By Type
Market segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Along with the trend analysis, the market (from 2020 to 2028) was estimated.
Then each segment was analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively, with the fastest-growing segments highlighted.
- Capacity: 50 balls -100 balls
- Capacity: 100 balls – 200 balls
- Capacity: More than 200 balls
Global Table Tennis Robot Market Segment Analysis By Application
The report examines the worldwide trends of Table Tennis Robots, including major applications of Table Tennis Robots. This will help to gauge demand for Table Tennis Robot across different end-use applications.
The key application is as follows-
- Online sales
- Offline sales
Regions covered in the Table Tennis Robot’s Market report
The emergence of the COVID-19 outbreak has brought about significant changes in table tennis market trends. However, China holds the largest market share for industrial robots, with an estimated 138,000 units sold in 2017.
The country accounted for 36 percent of global sales in 2018. Sales volume in China increased by 59 percent (compared to 2016) to reach 138,000 units. The prices of advanced table tennis robots produced by robot supplies increased sharply as demand reportedly outpaced production capacity.
Following are the regions covered in the report.
- Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, South East Asia, and rest of the regions of APAC)
- Europe (Germany, UK , France, Italy, Russia, Spain, etc)
- Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Nigeria, UAE)
- North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico)
- South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Rest of Latin America)
The key factors affecting the global table tennis industry
This section explains the trends, technological advancements, and the driving factors affecting the industry of table tennis robots.
Manufacturers of table tennis training robots are producing more affordable, dependable machines that can be used to improve professional-level table tennis skills. It was in the early 70s when the US company Newgy Inc. started working on the invention of the first ping pong robotics.
Since then, the technology of the table tennis robot has changed from the classical automatic table tennis pitcher to the ping pong ball launchers, which led to the innovation of data-driven ping pong robots in the 80s. Other advancements enhanced the way of incorporating table tennis robots for training.
Today in the 21st century, playing table tennis and practicing have never been more invigorating than any other time in history. New table tennis robot trainers are almost replacing human coaches. Companies are manufacturing robots that can help beginners and can even go head-to-head with champions.
Last year, the industry leaders JOOLA and iPong have teamed up to make an automated table tennis robot that can help you hone your skills or challenge you to a game against a world-champion player. You can read about the technological advancement and material improvement of the IPONG Trainer Motion right here.
Innovations of the table tennis robotics over these 50 years eye the following mechanical and technological advancements-
Ball capacity, frequency, and trajectories: The table tennis robot’s market segmentation is classified by the ball capacity (50-100 balls, 100-200 balls, and 200+). The higher the capacity of the robot, the more useful it is for training. This robot comes equipped with a special net that sweeps up balls and feeds them back to the machine enabling continuous training.
Digitalization: Manufacturers of industrial robots have been presenting novel systems for improving table tennis AI. Table tennis robots are manufactured with a multiple-camera calibration method for high accuracy vision and ball detections. The digital program includes a variety of drills that can be randomized to keep players on their toes. The program also allows players to increase and decrease the speed and frequency of the balls and control where the balls will be thrown.
Incorporating wireless technology: Newer models of table tennis robots come with wireless remotes that let players change the settings on the fly—a feature that really matters for convenience. On the other hand, companies are developing smart ping pong robot variants that mobile apps can control. For example, the successful Hungarian company Power Pong is the brainchild of manufacturing a range of smart ping pong robots controlled by mobile apps.
Portability: Table tennis companies have realized the need for portable robots that players can use anywhere flexibly. COVID-19 has certainly impacted the rising demand for table tennis robots at home that is portable and easy to use. These types of robots have very limited functions but are priced very reasonably for home users.
Opportunities for improvement
Several issues need to be solved before the current generation of table tennis robots can improve their performance, including increased ability to precisely measure the ball and perform well under stress. The current global market for table tennis robots demands further improvements in ball measurement, especially inaccuracy.
Another area of improvement is the accuracy of the racket-ball impact. The table tennis robot system utilizes a linear model for racket-ball impact. This meant it could not account for deviations from the target ball velocity, leading to inaccuracies in the return shot.
The third area of improvement is the motion control performance of the robot. In order to enhance the robot’s motion control performance, improvements should be made to its hand tip structure. The robotics team must review the current structure and modify the current mechanism to increase the robot’s motion rate.
Technological innovation is paramount to the success of competitive teams and league associations. Until now, table tennis robots have proved to be excellent drivers of change. They will most likely continue to be so in the years to come. The table tennis robot manufacturers are using technological advancement and product differentiation to create market power globally. The successful Japanese company Omron’s imposing table tennis robot has improved markedly over the years. In the years following, companies—including HUI PANG, Butterfly Table Tennis, Newgy Industries, and Killerspin—released technological modifications of their own, which contributed to the overall growth of the table tennis robot industry.