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China enforces historic Robot Boom

Sales up 56 percent

In 2018 China will account for more than one-third of the industrial robots installed worldwide. At this very moment China is engaged on a historically unprecedented effort to catch-up in the race towards automation. The latest figures show that sales of industrial robots jumped to around 57,000 units in 2014 - a rise of 56 percent. The nation's robotics industry is benefiting from an additional boost in the form of the Chinese Government's new competitive offensive, "China Manufacturing 2025".


Statements of CEOs on the results of World Robotics 2015

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2015, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:


World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of industrial robots will on average grow year on year by 15 percent - the numbers of units sold will double to around 400,000 units. Five major markets representing 70 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, USA, South Korea and Germany. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).


World Robotics Survey: Service robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of privately used service robots will increase to around 35 million units. At 25 million units, domestic robots (vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, window cleaners etc.) will be right at the top of the future shopping lists of private customers. Estimated sales value - upwards of 12 billion US dollars (2015-2018). Added to that there are around nine million entertainment- and leisure robots with an estimated volume of 7.6 billion US dollars (2015-2018).


President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units. This is almost twice as much as the sales volume in 2014. The main driver of this development is the global competition of industrial production. Within this context, the rapid automation in China represents a unique development in the history of robotics.


47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Call for Papers released

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22. The Call for Papers has just been released. Deadline for submission is 11 January 2016.


Case Studies

Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Universal Robots helps Betacom light up New Zealand

A New Zealand outdoor lighting manufacturer has invested in robotic technology to ensure it stays ahead of the competition curve.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Industry 4.0 is advancing in Netherlands

If you can automate the loading of products onto machining equipment, that must also be possible for the welding production. That was the underlying idea when Valk Welding, working in partnership with Marel Stork Poultry Processing, developed a production cell in which the handling and logistics surrounding the welding robot are automated.


Panasonic, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Panasonic und A1 Towing Ltd: Flexible requirements meet automated processes!

A1 Towing Ltd , a leading  manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket Towbar systems recently invested in a Panasonic TAWERS robot welding system to improve their manufacturing capabilities at their site in Sheffield.


Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Employees at Elos Medtech Pinol now save 1,650 kilometers of walking annually

The gains of automating internal goods transport with a MiR100 robot have been very tangible at Elos Medtech, where staff used to walk an average of 7.5 kilometers a day, pushing goods on a cart between departments. Now, the mobile MiR100 robot ensures a good flow through production, eliminating downtime and latency.


Fanuc, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

Leading automation integrator partners with FANUC UK to transform RA Labone's plastics manufacturing process

RA Labone, a plastics injection moulding manufacturer, wanted to increase the efficiency and production output of its tyre pressure sensor manufacturing process in order to meet the demands of its blue chip customers.  A transformation was required for the whole end-to-end manufacturing process, including moulding, continuity testing, cooling, decay testing, and packaging.



2-5 Dec, 2015

iREX 2015

The International Robot Exhibition (iREX) is an exhibition specialized in robots held once every two years, and this year marks the 21st time. It is organized by the Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.


3-5 Feb, 2016

A3 Business Forum

Registration is now open for the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Business Forum. More than 500 global leaders from the robotics, machine vision, motion controls, motors, and other automation industries are expected to attend.


21-24 Jun, 2016


AUTOMATICA is the central meeting point for manufacturers and users of assembly and handling technology, robotics and machine vision. It is equally ideal as a platform for suppliers of the associated technologies.


21-22 Jun, 2016

ISR 2016

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22.


6-9 Jul, 2016

CIROS 2016

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.