IFR press release

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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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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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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