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IFR Press Releases

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.


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. 


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. 


Member Press Releases

Wittmann, Austria - IFR Robot Supplier

Wittmann celebrates 40th anniversary!

Beginning with the production of flow regulators in 1976, Dr. Werner Wittmann laid the cornerstone for a success story like no other in the plastics processing industry - and one that continues to this day. On June 8 and 9, 2016, customers and business partners of the WITTMANN Group were invited to Vienna to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. 1,650 guests were welcomed.


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.


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.