IFR press release

IERA Award 2016

World Robotics Award 2016 Goes to "YuMi®"

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®" by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for "you and me - we work together" - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. The International Federation of Robotics IFR together with the Robotics and Automation Society of the international association of engineers, IEEE-RAS, awarded the invention and entrepreneurship prize in Robotics and Automation (IERA) to ABB Robotics in Munich. 

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World record:

248,000 industrial robots revolutionising the global economy

The worldwide sales of industrial robots achieved a new record number of 248,000 units in 2015. This represents a rise of 12 percent compared to the previous year.

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47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

High-level Keynotes

The 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will start at the AUTOMATICA in Munich on 21 June 2016. High level keynotes are promising an interesting event. 

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IERA Award 2016 Final

ABB, OpiFlex and Universal Robots nominated

Three applicants have been nominated for the IERA Award 2016. On 21 June 2016, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications in a special session at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR in Munich, Germany.

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On the Death of Yukio Hasegawa

A Pioneer of Robotics

It is with our deepest sorrow to announce that Yukio Hasegawa, Professor Emeritus at Waseda University, Japan, passed away on May 23rd, 2016 at the age of 89. Yukio Hasegawa was very engaged in the International Symposium on Robotics ISR from the very beginning, in the seventies, and was one of the founders of the International Federation of Robotics IFR in 1987. In 1992 he became the IFR Chairman.

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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 will be the subject of a discussion between five CEOs of the world's leading robotic manufacturers, who will be joined by experts from Boeing and Nestlé at the "World Robotics IFR CEO Round Table 2016" to be hosted in Munich. High calibre participants from the USA, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland will be sharing their practical knowledge on "Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots" in the light of the global automation boom.

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President's Report

Again all-time high for robot sales

In 2015, global sales of industrial robots increased by 8% to almost 240,000 units, another all-time high for the third year in a row. The automotive industry and the electronics industry continued  investing in automation of their factories.  Asia, in particular China, was again the main driver of the growth.

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Industrial robots post a new sales record in 2015

a rise of 8 percent

In 2015 the number of industrial robots sold worldwide surpassed the 240,000 unit mark for the first time. This corresponds to global year-on-year growth of 8 percent. The greatest demand was again registered by the automotive industry.

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47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Registration opened - early bird tickets available

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 preliminary program has been released and the registration opened.

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US economy: Auto sector buys every second industrial robot

The US economy is one of the front-runners in the global automation race. By 2018, the number of industrial robots sold to 2018 will, on average, rise by at least five percent per annum, to a new record of 31,000 units (2014: 26,202). About one-half of these will be installed by car makers and their suppliers. Viewed according to robotic density - meaning the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees - the US automotive industry, with 1,141 units, already ranks third in the world's national economies after Germany (1,149 units) and Japan (1,414 units).

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