Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Soft Robotics Market
The soft robotics technology is increasingly finding applications in numerous fields, including medicine and healthcare, logistics, automotive, and entertainment & gaming sectors. The soft robotics market has been considerably disrupted due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. The consumers’ changing inclinations and purchase behavior due to fluctuations in the global economy are likely to influence the soft robotics market over the projected timeframe. Governments worldwide have imposed lockdowns, which has affected most of the industrial players and forced people to stay within their homes, which, in turn, has reduced the physical interaction among people. Most companies have permitted employees to operate from their homes to ensure business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to hamper the growth of the soft robotics market over the forecast timeframe. The restrictions imposed on manufacturing operations to comply with social distancing norms are likely to hamper the growth of the electronics industry, which, in turn, is expected to limit the growth of the Global Soft Robotics Market.
Operations in the electronics sector have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis. The shift in consumer preference towards essential products is likely to influence the soft robotics market over the projected timeframe. Furthermore, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the sealing of international borders, which has even caused a severe decline in the global demand for soft robotics and related products. Government authorities worldwide have enforced restrictions on travel. Hence, the market is also expected to be affected due to the decrease in the sales of soft robotics products in the electronics sector.
Additionally, the restrictions on public gatherings and travel bans in several countries are expected to hinder the growth of the soft robotics market over the projected period. The increased focus on social distancing and personal care is likely to affect the demand for non-essential products, including soft robotics products and systems during the coming months. The spread of the pandemic has not only caused the loss of human lives but has also triggered the chances of a global economic recession.