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IFR Press Releases

10th IFR CEO Round Table at AUTOMATICA

Theme: Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots

The irrepressible march of robots is revolutionising the workplace of the future. This was the subject of a discussion between five CEOs of the world's leading robotic manufacturers, who were joined by experts from Boeing and Nestlé at the "World Robotics IFR CEO Round Table 2016" hosted in Munich. High calibre participants from the USA, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland shared their practical knowledge on "Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots" in the light of the global automation boom.

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China seeking to join the Top 10 robotics nations by 2020

China wants to make the leap into the Top 10 of the world's most intensively automated nations by 2020. By then, its robot density is targeted to rise to 150 units - this being the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees (2015: 36 units). The aim is to increase annual sales of domestically produced industrial robots to 100,000 units  by 2020. This goal was declared by Wang Ruixiang, President of the China Machinery Industry Federation, speaking at the "China International Summit of Robot Industry" in Shanghai. With a robot density of 36 units, China is currently ranked 28th in the world.

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Japanese Junji Tsuda is new Vice President

On 23 June 2016, the Executive Board of the world robots association IFR appointed Japanese Junji Tsuda as new Vice President of the International Federation of Robotics. Together with the President Joe Gemma, Tsuda will now manage the activities of the IFR. In 2008, he already had this position for a period of two years. Presently, the 65-year-old is the Representative Director Chairman of the Board of the Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corporation. 

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Member Press Releases

Stäubli, France - IFR Robot Supplier member

Six-axis models for all facets of automation

At Automatica 2016, Stäubli Robotics demonstrated for the first time the full capacity of the new TX2 series. With their clean, consistent performance, the six-axis machines are masters of every facet of automation, including high-volume manufacture, Industry 4.0 applications and human-robot collaboration under all imaginable production conditions.

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Fanuc Americas - IFR Robot Supplier member

FANUC America Appoints Mike Cicco President and CEO

FANUC America Corporation announced Mike Cicco has been named the company's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  As President and CEO, Cicco will have responsibility for all of the company's operations in North and South America.  In addition, Rick Schneider has been named Chairman of FANUC America and will continue in his role as a board member of parent company, FANUC Corporation. 

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA to Present 2016 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announces the industry's highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award recipients for 2016. The awards will be presented to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins at a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 21st in Munich, Germany. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the joint 47th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2016) and AUTOMATICA.

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