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On the Death of Joseph Engelberger

Visionary and Father of Robotics

The global federation of robot manufacturers, IFR, mourns the loss of Joseph Engelberger. The father of robotics founded the company, Unimation Inc. in 1961, where he developed the first industrial robot, Unimate. So it was, that he launched the global revolution in industrial manufacturing.

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China enforces historic Robot Boom

Sales up 56 percent

In 2018 China will account for more than one-third of the industrial robots installed worldwide. At this very moment China is engaged on a historically unprecedented effort to catch-up in the race towards automation. The latest figures show that sales of industrial robots jumped to around 57,000 units in 2014 - a rise of 56 percent. The nation's robotics industry is benefiting from an additional boost in the form of the Chinese Government's new competitive offensive, "China Manufacturing 2025".

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World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of industrial robots will on average grow year on year by 15 percent - the numbers of units sold will double to around 400,000 units. Five major markets representing 70 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, USA, South Korea and Germany. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

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Statements of CEOs on the results of World Robotics 2015

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2015, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:

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World Robotics Survey: Service robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of privately used service robots will increase to around 35 million units. At 25 million units, domestic robots (vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, window cleaners etc.) will be right at the top of the future shopping lists of private customers. Estimated sales value - upwards of 12 billion US dollars (2015-2018). Added to that there are around nine million entertainment- and leisure robots with an estimated volume of 7.6 billion US dollars (2015-2018).

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President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units. This is almost twice as much as the sales volume in 2014. The main driver of this development is the global competition of industrial production. Within this context, the rapid automation in China represents a unique development in the history of robotics.

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47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Call for Papers - deadline extended to 18 January 2016

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 Call for Papers for submission has been extended to 18 January 2016.

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New IFR Robot Supplier Member

Mobile Industrial Robots Aps joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member Mobile Industrial Robots Aps (MIR), who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of MIR is the automation of internal transport.

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President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.

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2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

The 2015 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award was shared by Fran├žois Boucher of Kinova Inc., Canada and Tom Lipinski of Q-Bot Limited, United Kingdom.

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