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President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.

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2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

The 2015 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award was shared by Fran├žois Boucher of Kinova Inc., Canada and Tom Lipinski of Q-Bot Limited, United Kingdom.

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Joint CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table at CIROS Show in Shanghai on 7th July

Topic: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

The CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table is organized in co-operation with the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) who is sponsoring the event.  Topic of discussion will be: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

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New IFR R&D Member

NTU-iCerRA joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR R&D member NTU-iCerRA / National Taiwan University, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of NTU-iCerRA is the development of advanced technology of intelligent robots and automation towards academic excellence in research and enhance the industrial innovation and global competitiveness.

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President's Report

Impossible to imagine automation without robots

Robots and people working together. This will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production, concluded the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It will open up new applications and new customers for the robotics industry.

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Robots and People Working Together

CEOs discussed challenges in Chicago

"Robots and People Working Together" - This was the topic of the 8th IFR CEO Round Table Discussion at the Automate in Chicago. The man-machine partnership will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production visions.

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Global Survey:

Industrial Robots break worldwide sales record - plus 27 percent

"Global demand for industrial robots in 2014 reached more than 200,000 units for the first time," said Arturo Baroncelli,  President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in Chicago.  "Strongest drivers of the growth were the automotive industry followed by the electronics industry. Based on the preliminary results of the global statistics on industrial robots, the IFR estimates that about 225,000 units were sold in 2014, 27% more than in 2013."

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New IFR Members

Yujin Robot, Codian Robotics and MHI joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier members Yujin Robot Company, Korea, and Codian Robotics, Netherlands as well as our new IFR R&D Institute member MHI Academic Society for Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robotics, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.

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Industrial Robots Global Study:

China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

By 2017, more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000. To compare: In North America, numbers will rise to about 300,000 - with 340,000 predicted for Europe's five largest economies.   So says the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in its 2014 World Robot Statistics.

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President's Report

Outlook 2015

More than 200,000 industrial robots will have been sold in 2014. This is again a new record.  Opportunities for continued growth are huge. The breakthrough of human robot collaboration just started. It will capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. The topic is hot! Robot experts  and robot users will discuss on "Robots and People Working Together" at the next IFR CEO Round Table on 23rd March 2015 in Chicago.

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