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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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IERA Award 2015 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2015

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 28 February 2015. On 27 May 2015, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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Global Survey: Human-robot Teams capturing new Sectors

Robotized automation is flourishing

Having conquered automotive manufacturing, the latest industrial robots are about to capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. Opportunities are huge. Even in those countries where the application of robotics is at its greatest (Japan, Germany and the USA), the density of robots in the automotive sector is seven times greater than in all other industrial areas.

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ROBO-STOX® Introduces First European Robotics and Automation Index

Index values robotics and automation industry

ROBO-STOX®, the new licensed index has been traded on 27 October 2014 for the first time. ROBO-STOX® index values the growth and importance of the robotics and automation industry. This proprietary index is an exchange traded fund (ETF) which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

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46th International Symposium on Robotics ISR

Keynotes Announced for the Conference

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the keynote speakers for the Automate 2015 Conference / 46th International Symposium on Robotics, which will be held March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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New IFR Robot Supplier Member

BA Systèmes joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member and latest IERA Award winner BA SYSTEMES, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. BA SYSTEMES is the most active French player in the field of internal logistic systems used in automated vehicles or AGVs.

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Loss of an outstanding entrepreneur

Sudden death of Rudolf Güdel

The International Federation of Robotics mournes about Rudolf Güdel, the owner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Güdel Group and member of IFR. The IFR President, Arturo Baroncelli, as well as the IFR Executive Board members commemorated about Mr. Güdel at their last meeting. Mr. Güdel was very well-known and highly respected in the robotics community.

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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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