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IFR Press Releases

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.


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.


47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Registration opened - early bird tickets available

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22. The preliminary program has been released and the registration opened.


Member Press Releases

Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

Open-Source Software in Robotics and Automation: Best Practices (19-20 April, Stuttgart)

A two-day event dealing with Open-Source Software (OSS) in robotics and automation will be hosted by Fraunhofer IPA on April 19-20 in Stuttgart, Germany: "Open-Source Software in Robotics and Automation: Best Practices and Legal Aspects".


Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

EU project SMErobotics: Versatile robots for the digitized industry

Technologies that make robot systems tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized productions: This is what the European Initiative SMErobotics will present at this year's AUTOMATICA in Munich. With the technologies developed and deployed in the project, companies benefit from a more efficient and flexible use of robot systems even in low-volume and high variant productions in applications as diverse as assembly, welding, or wood-working. 


Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

Robot for testing the lifetime of human-machine interfaces

Keypads and touchscreens make a wide range of different devices easy and intuitive to operate. A robot system developed by Fraunhofer IPA now allows device manufacturers to realistically simulate such loading in order to determine how durable their devices are. Typical applications of various devices can be simulated and automatically tested for any desired time duration.