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President´s Report

Successful AUTOMATICA - Future of Robotics

"First signs of recovery some months ago expanded into a strong recovery", said Åke Lindqvist, IFR President. During the AUTOMATICA in Munich, there was a keen interest from the press in robotics, and the robot suppliers received a package of requests and a lot of order intakes. The participants of the IFR Round Table in Munich concluded that the robotics industry is back on track.

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IFR Round Table on the Future of Robotics

CEO's discussed at AUTOMATICA

Ake Lindqvist, IFR President, presented the first results on the worldwide distribution of industrial robots in 2009. Afterwards, the CEOs of major robotics companies discussed on "The Future of Robotics".

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The robotics industry is getting back on track!

Sales slump in 2009 - Strong recovery in 2010 - Further growth expected in 2011 and 2012

The IFR Statistics Department presented the preliminary results of the annual statistics on Industrial Robots on Wednesday, 9 June 2010, in Munich at the AUTOMATICA. In 2009, with about 62,100 industrial robots shipped, the number of units sold worldwide slumped dramatically by about 45% compared to 2008, one of the most successful years. But in the first quarter 2010 the sales skyrocketed worldwide by more than 50% compared to the first quarter 2009.

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IERA Award 2010 presented in Munich

Alexander Verl - recipient of the Award

On 8 June during the ISR Gala Dinner the IERA Award was presented to Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl, Fraunhofer IPA for his project "Inline Measurement Robots - Robots Get the Precision for Car Body Inspection".

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Henrik A. Schunk new Chairman of EUnited Robotics

Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK in Lauffen (Germany), was elected as the new Chairman of EUnited Robotics for the period of three years.

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President´s Report

The future of Robotics! How will the robotics industry go on after the dramatic downturn in 2009?

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The first joint EURON/EUROP annual meeting

a success story

From March 10 to 12, 2010 more than 245 robotics researchers from industry and academia met in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, for the first joint EURON/EUROP annual meeting. The motivation for the European Robotics Technology Platform (EUROP) and the European Robotics Research Network (EURON) to organise the shared event was to improve cooperation of industry and academia and enhance technology transfer.

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IFR Statistical Department

News from the IFR Statistical Department

At the end of January 2010 the participants of the IFR Quarterly Statistics on Industrial Robots received the total results the worldwide sales 2009. The robotics industry is faced with a dramatic downturn of robot shipments in 2009 by about 50%. But since the third quarter, robot sales are slowly increasing again.

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The Robotics Industry is looking ahead with confidence to 2010

Increasing sales since 3rd quarter 2009

The IFR Statistical Department presented the results of the IFR Quarterly Statistics on Industrial Robots on Thursday in Frankfurt. In 2009, the number of sold units worldwide slumped dramatically by about 50% compared to 2008, one of the most successful years. But as of the third quarter sales figures have been improving.

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President´s Report

I am recently back from Tokyo and digesting the impressions from IREX. More than 100,000 visitors came to the IREX 2009 at the end of November in Tokyo. That shows the keen interest in robotics despite the still weak economic situation. Signs of a slight recovery are becoming apparent.

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