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US-Industry: 135,000 new robots bring jobs back home

In the last six years, (2010?2015), the US industry has installed around 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver in this race to automate is the car industry. During this same period, the number of employees in the automotive sector increased by 230,000. Today, the robot density in the automotive sector of the United States rank second worldwide to that of Japan. The industrial renaissance in North America continues unabated; provided the global economy remains stable, it is estimated that robot shipments to Canada, Mexico and the US will grow at an average annual rate of 5% to 10%.

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Service Robotics:

Sales up 25 percent - 2019 boom predicted

The total number of service robots for professional use sold in 2015 increased by 25 percent. The sales value surged by 14 percent to a new record of US$ 4.6 billion. By 2019, sales forecast indicates another rapid increase up to an accumulated value of US$ 23 billion for the period 2016-2019.

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World Robotics Report 2016

European Union occupies top position in the global automation race

By 2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world - that's the latest forecast from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In the race for automation in manufacturing, the European Union is currently one of the global frontrunners: 65 percent of countries with an above-average number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees, are located in the EU. The strongest growth drivers for the robotics industry are found in China; however, in 2019 some 40 percent of the worldwide market volume of industrial robots will be sold there alone. 

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President's Report

Manufacturing industry has a huge potential for automation

Let me just start with sad news. It is with our deepest sorrow that Xavier Grau, General Manager of our member association AER-ATP, Spain, passed away on September 4, 2016 in Barcelona at the age of 59. With gratitude we pay our respect to his work in robotics and all the contributions he made to the IFR. Our thoughts are with his family. 

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Be a speaker at the International Symposium on Robotics 2017

Call for abstracts - deadline 30 September 2016

The International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2017 will be co-located with the Automate Show in Chicago. The deadline to submit conference abstracts is September 30, 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in presenting a non-commercial, educational presentation at the Automate Conference, please submit an online request.

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Case Studies

Panasonic - IFR Robot Supplier

Great customer experience in B2C through excellent cooperation in B2B

Here maybe a deodorant, probably even try the new shampoo out of television advertising - the drugstore customers like strolling through the ranks and rummage through the shelves after drugstore products. What exactly does this scenario have to do with the company Otto Kind and the welding processes form the company Panasonic Robot & Welding?

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

The UR5 robot arm manufactures components for EGR valves

The family company Attl a spol. s.r.o. Továrna na stroje (Machinery Factory) has expanded its product range into automotive segment; for one of the Volkswagen suppliers, the company started to produce stainless steel tubes used in heat exchangers in EGR valves of modern combustion engines for both passenger and commercial vehicles, whose main task is to reduce exhaust emissions.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Mobile robot colleagues on wheels increase productivity and worker safety at Scott Fetzer Electrical Group

A mobile fleet of Universal Robots will now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks with high mix - low volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG) in Tennessee. The collaborative robots have optimized production by 20 percent, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees.

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Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Capital injection of clever money into the Danish robot industry: High-growth robot company MiR receives growth capital from a strong team of private investors

Thanks for the offer, but no thanks, was the final answer to several Chinese, European and US investors, who in 2015 became aware of the obvious potential in up-and-coming Danish robot manufacturer Mobile Industrial Robots.
Only a year ago, MiR launched its innovative, flexible, mobile robot MiR100, and in step with MiR's steep growth where new countries were conquered each month, the company received a growing number of inquiries from potential investors. Public and private foundations also offered their services, and all of them were thoroughly considered. But none came out of the cold.

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Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Blue Ocean Robotics wins tender for developing of a disinfection robot for reducing infection rates in hospitals

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) results in over 3,000 deaths annually and costs for DKK 1.2 billion for the Danish healthcare system. Because of this, the Danish Market Development Fund and a partnership of Danish hospitals (Sygehuspartnerskabet) have entered a 2-year co-development project with Blue Ocean Robotics with the purpose of developing and testing a disinfection robot for hospitals.

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Events

3-6 Apr, 2017

AUTOMATE 2017

Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies, you'll find ways to automate every process in your company.

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3-6 Apr, 2017

ISR 2017 Americas

The 48th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

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5-8 Jul, 2017

CIROS 2017

This edition of Shanghai International Robot Show is dedicated to draw into the world's most advanced robot technology and top achievements to promote China's industrial robot manufacturers to develop both domestic and international markets.

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5-8 Jul, 2017

ISR 2017 Asia

The 49th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017Asia) takes place for the first time in China at Shanghai, National Exhibition and Convention Center. The conference is organized in conjunction with the CIROS show.

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10-13 Jul, 2017

INNOPROM 2017

INNOPROM is a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present - and on the priorities that underpin Russia's program of industrial and manufacturing development.

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