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On the Death of Yukio Hasegawa

A Pioneer of Robotics

It is with our deepest sorrow to announce that Yukio Hasegawa, Professor Emeritus at Waseda University, Japan, passed away on May 23rd, 2016 at the age of 89. Yukio Hasegawa was very engaged in the International Symposium on Robotics ISR from the very beginning, in the seventies, and was one of the founders of the International Federation of Robotics IFR in 1987. In 1992 he became the IFR Chairman.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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US economy: Auto sector buys every second industrial robot

The US economy is one of the front-runners in the global automation race. By 2018, the number of industrial robots sold to 2018 will, on average, rise by at least five percent per annum, to a new record of 31,000 units (2014: 26,202). About one-half of these will be installed by car makers and their suppliers. Viewed according to robotic density - meaning the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees - the US automotive industry, with 1,141 units, already ranks third in the world's national economies after Germany (1,149 units) and Japan (1,414 units).

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Survey: 1.3 million industrial robots to enter service by 2018

The automation of the fourth industrial revolution is accelerating: By 2018, around 1.3 million industrial robots will be entering service in factories around the world. In the high-revenue automotive sector, global investments in industrial robots increased by a record-breaking 43 percent (2013-2014) within one year. Viewed on a cross-sector basis, the international market value for robotic systems now lies at around 32 billion US dollars. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

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President's Report

Outlook 2015/2016

We are in the middle of one of the most exciting times in the history of Robotics and the automation industry.  We continue to see explosive growth with 2015 topping 2014 by 15% and establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide.

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IFR has elected Joe Gemma as new President

The Executive Board of the IFR has elected Joseph Gemma (KUKA Robotics Corporation US) as its new President. Mr. Gemma succeeds Arturo Baroncelli (Comau Robotics, Italy), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term. 

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IERA Award 2016 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2016

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 15 March 2016. On 21 June 2016, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR in Munich, Germany.

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New IFR Members

Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Association member the Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and IFR Robot Supplier member Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.

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