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IFR Press Releases

Industrial Robots Global Study:

China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

By 2017, more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000. To compare: In North America, numbers will rise to about 300,000 - with 340,000 predicted for Europe's five largest economies.   So says the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in its 2014 World Robot Statistics.


President's Report

Outlook 2015

More than 200,000 industrial robots will have been sold in 2014. This is again a new record.  Opportunities for continued growth are huge. The breakthrough of human robot collaboration just started. It will capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. The topic is hot! Robot experts  and robot users will discuss on "Robots and People Working Together" at the next IFR CEO Round Table on 23rd March 2015 in Chicago.


IERA Award 2015 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2015

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 28 February 2015. On 27 May 2015, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Member Press Releases

Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

SMErobotics presents four industrial use cases for cognitive robotics

Five months after its successful technology presentation at the AUTOMATICA trade fair, the SMErobotics initiative launches its online showroom of industrial use cases for cognitive robotics. Four videos from the areas of automation, assembly, welding and wood--working demonstrate a flexible setup, robust execution and efficient collaboration between worker and robot in a wide range of automation tasks.


Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Cleanroom Gripper for Small to Medium Part Handling

The EGS from SCHUNK is perfect for the gripping of small to medium sized workpieces, with flexible force and high speed in clean environments, such as assembly, testing, laboratory, and the pharmaceutical industry.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA Releases New White Paper on Collaborative Robots

The Robotic Industries Association has released a new white paper entitled, "Collaborative Robots: End User Industry Insights", which explores how end users feel about collaborative robots and the value they provide.