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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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IFR Statistical Department

News from the IFR Statistical Department

The results of the IFR Quarterly Statistics on robot shipments for the third quarter 2009 indicate that the decrease of robot shipments has bottomed out worldwide. The shipments of all types slumped by 52% worldwide.

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IFR and members at IREX Show

Tokyo Big Sight was centre of robotics

The IFR Secretariat and the IFR Statistical Department hosted a booth at the International Robot Exhibition 2009 (IREX) in Tokyo. This show with the theme "Challenge for the next" which took place on 25-28 November 2009 attracted the attention of more than 100,000.

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President's Report

World Robotics 2009 is published today! For the first time we have two separate studies: Industrial Robots and Service Robots!

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IFR Statistical Department

World Robotics 2009 is published on 30 September 2009

World Robotics 2009 - Industrial Robots and World Robotics 2009 - Service Robots are published on 30 September 2009. The IFR Statistical Department is proud to present for the first time two separate studies for the two main robot categories.

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