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IFR Press Releases

CEO Statements to the results of World Robotics

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2014, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:

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Accelerating demand for industrial robots will continue

2014: increase by at least 15% - 2015-2017: increase of 12% on average per year

"More than 200,000 industrial robots will be installed in 2014 worldwide, 15% more than in 2013" announced Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President, on the occasion of the publication of the study "World Robotics 2014 - Industrial Robots", on Tuesday in Frankfurt. "The accelerating demand for industrial robots will continue. Between 2015 and 2017, growth will likely continue at about 12% on average per year", stated Baroncelli.

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Service Robots: Logistic systems on the rise

Continued strong increase of personal and domestic robots

About 21,000 service robots for professional use were sold worldwide in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, reports the IFR Statistical Department in the new study "World Robotics 2014 - Service Robots", which was published on Tuesday in Frankfurt. The total sales value slightly decreased to US$ 3.6 billion. For the period of 2014 to 2017, sales forecast which were provided by companies worldwide indicate an increase to about 134,500 units with an estimated value of US$ 18.9 billion.

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Member Press Releases

Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Standardized Long-Stroke Gripper with CFC Housing

The standardized CGH light-weight gripper is the result of modern simulation methods, intensive test series, and economic manufacturing processes. The long-stroke gripper benefits from the specific material characteristics of CFC: Its E-value is four times higher, and its tensile force is twice as high as aluminum. The gripper weight has been reduced by 40%.

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Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Introduces New Mobile Robot Localization Technology

Adept Technology, Inc. has launched "Acuity," a new patented, proprietary technology for its "Lynx" intelligent, autonomous mobile robots. Acuity is a breakthrough localization feature that allows Adept Lynx mobile robots to navigate in environments where the surroundings are extremely dynamic.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR Robot Supplier member

Valk Welding starts successfully at the Swedish market

Based on their success on other European countries and the need for a more flexible automation of the welding production, Valk Welding has expand their activities also to the Swedish market. With a presentation on the Elmia Automation Fair 2014, together with Prorob Teknik AB, Valk Welding introduced their welding robotsystems to the Swedish metalindustry for the first time.

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