IFR press release

4th IFR CEO Round Table at the Automate in Chicago on 22 January 2013

Topic: "Robots create Jobs"

December 2012

One of the main focal points of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is the promotion of the global robotics industry.

Since 2010, once a year the IFR organizes a press event called "IFR CEO Round Table" discussion with robot suppliers. The 4th IFR CEO Round Table will have a new format which includes both robot users and robotics researchers on the panel instead of robot suppliers.

The IFR is currently in the process of organizing the 4th IFR CEO Round Table in cooperation with the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) of North America, at the Automate in Chicago on 22 January 2013. Topic of discussion will be: "Robots create Jobs"! This title is also the name of the IFR campaign aiming to increase the societal acceptance-level for industrial robots. The IFR undoubtedly expects significant attention from the press and the media.

The schedule of the event which will start at 12:00 noon and will end at 01:30 pm is as follows:

  • Presentation of updated results of the study "Impact of industrial Robots on Employment" conducted by Metra Martech, United Kingdom
  • Moderated discussion of the panel on "Robots create Jobs"
  • Moderator: Bill Lydon, Automation.com
  • Get together and a lunch buffet for all attendees. Personal interviews of the panelists and other CEOs from the robotics industry present in the audience or in small group discussions.

CEOs of two small robot using companies in the United States already confirmed their participation: 

Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel

Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel

Matt Tyler, Vickers Engineering

Matt Tyler, President, Vickers Engineering

They all have successfully automated with industrial robots and have saved or created jobs.

John Dulchinos, CEO, Adept and IFR Executive Board Member

Alexander Verl, Fraunhofer IPA

Professor Alexander Verl, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation and Chairman of the IFR Research Committee