IFR press release

Deployment of robots soars 70 percent in Asia

Asian industry`s uptake of industrial robots is accelerating: in just five years its operational stock rose 70 percent

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IERA Award 2017 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2017

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 28 February 2017. The finalists will present their applications at the ICRA Conference in Singapore. 

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President's Report

Outlook 2017

2016 was again a successful year for industrial and service robots and we look forward to a promising and challenging year 2017. 

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31 million robots helping in households worldwide by 2019

The worldwide number of domestic household robots will rise to 31 million between 2016 and 2019. The sales value of robots cleaning floors, mowing lawns, and cleaning swimming pools will grow to about 13 billion US dollars in this period.

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New IFR Members

ISW, IBG and RISONG joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new R&D member ISW and IFR Robot Supplier members IBG Goeke Technology Group and Guangzhou Risong Intelligent Techology Holding, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.

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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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