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China emerging as a service robot powerhouse

Country's offerings dominate German expo; global market seen doubling to $20bn by 2022

Qihan Technology's Sanbot Nano.

BERLIN -- Chinese manufacturers are fast establishing themselves in the up-and-coming service robot industry, known to be the domain of Japanese rivals.

At the IFA consumer electronics trade show currently underway here, about 90% of the companies featuring service robots hail from China. One of them is Shenzhen's Qihan Technology, which unveiled the Sanbot Nano domestic robot for the first time at the expo.

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