Here’s how many people are employed in the robotics industry in Massachusetts

By David Harris, Boston Business Journal

The 122 robotics companies in Massachusetts employed over 4,700 workers and generated over $1.6 billion in revenue in 2015 alone, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

The report from the tech-focused economic development agency also identified 33 new robotics startups that were created in Massachusetts over the past five years, an increase of 31 percent.

The new research report, commissioned by MassTech and authored by ABI Research, provides Massachusetts economic development and technology leaders with a roadmap that can help the state grow the robotics sector statewide.

The report also outlines four specific strategies to sustain and grow the robotics cluster statewide, including talent development, technology implementation, brand building and cluster expansion.

Some robotics companies in Massachusetts include drone maker CyPhy Works, Boston’s Rethink Robotics and Vecna Technologies. Amazon Robotics, formerly Kiva Systems, is also headquartered in North Reading.