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Björn Weichbrodt passed away

The robotics community lost a pioneer

The IFR community is very sad about Björn Weichbrodt's passing away on 12 October in Stockholm. Björn was General Secretary of the IFR from 1994 to 2002. Since 2003 he has been delegate of the Swedish Robot Association SWIRA in the IFR General Assembly. Björn Weichbrodt was a pioneer of the robotics technology.

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President´s Report

What are the Challenges for IFR in the future?

The annual study World Robotics has just been published and forecasts are promising. The Robotics industry is looking into a bright future. Challenges facing our industry are not easy but they are feasible. One of the most important challenges I think is the human robot cooperation, i.e. robot assistant.  The implementation of this technique including advanced safety measures, easier, flexible and even more interactive programming and integration will open up plenty of new application fields.

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The robotics industry is looking into a bright future

2013-2016: High demand for industrial robots is continuing

"The robotics industry is looking into a bright future!" stated Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on the occasion of the publication of the study "World Robotics 2013 - Industrial Robots", on Wednesday. "In 2013, global robot sales will increase by about 2% to 162,000 units. The IFR Statistical Department expects that between 2014 and 2016 worldwide robot sales will increase by about 6% on average per year. In 2016, the annual supply of industrial robots will reach more than 190,000 units."

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Considerable increase of medical robots and logistic systems

Strong demand for domestic and entertainment robots

About 16,100 service robots for professional use were sold in 2012, 2% more than in 2011, reports the IFR Statistical Department in the new study "World Robotics 2013 - Service Robots", which was published on Wednesday in Frankfurt. The sales value slightly decreased to US$ 3.4 billion.

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Comments of the international robot companies CEOs on the results of the study World Robotics 2013

Please read the statements of CEOs of important robot suppliers on the latest robot figures published on 18 September 2013.

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ISR 2013 - 44th International Symposium on Robotics

Register today!

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 44th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR2013), which will be held from October 24 to 26, 2013, at the KINTEX in Seoul, Korea.

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45th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2014

Call for Papers - deadline extended to 10 December 2013

The 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) and the 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014) - ISR/ROBOTIK 2014 will be held from 2 to 4 June 2014 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.

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IFR established own Channel on YouTube

Platform for CEO Round Table Discussions

IFR decided to start our own YouTube Channel. There you will find a selection of all past CEO Round Table discussions. Just subscribe on our channel and you won't miss any further CEO Round Table discussion!

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CIROS 2013 in Shanghai

Show results

According to the China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF) the Chinese International Robot Show ended on 5 July 2013 succesfully.

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Joint CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table took place on 1st July 2013

Topic: "The Future of Robotics in China"

The CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table was sponsored by the Chinese Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF), the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Topic of discussion was: "The Future of Robotics in China"!

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