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IFR Press Releases

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. 


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.


On the Death of Xavier Comet Grau

General Manager of AER-ATP

It is with our deepest sorrow to announce 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.


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.