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8th 2012 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award

Two winners: Robocoaster and Universal Robots

The 8th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) was presented to Gino De-Gol, Robocoaster Ltd. and Esben H. Østergaard, Universal Robots during the IERA Networking Dinner at the AUTOMATICA in Munich.

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Industrial breakthrough with robots

2011: The most successful year for industrial robots since 1961

"2011 was the most successful year for industrial robots in 50 years. Since the first installation in 1961 more than 2.3 million were sold all over the world!" stated Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at the AUTOMATICA in Munich. "And the robotics industry is looking forward to a bright future."

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President´s Report

More than 150,000 new industrial robots were sold all over the world in 2011! This is by far the highest number of sold robots ever recorded in one year.  Robot suppliers are increasing capacities and the success story of industrial robots is ongoing.

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Finalists nominated for the 8th IERA Award

Session and Presentation at AUTOMATICA in Munich

Five Finalists have been nominated by the IERA Award Committee to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation in a IERA Award Session at AUTOMATICA.

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Robot Manufacturers at AUTOMATICA

Many square metres occupied by IFR Members

AUTOMATICA has become established as the leading innovation platform of the automation industry after only four events and one of the world's largest robotics fair. Many IFR members will present their innovations at AUTOMATICA 2012, which will take place on the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 22 to 25 May 2012.

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euRobotics Forum 2012 in Denmark

hosted by IFR Member DTI

During 5-7 March 2012, the European robotics community will come together at the 2012 European Robotics Forum in Odense, Denmark. More than 300 participants are expected to attend this event, ranging from robotics and cognitive system researchers, entrepreneurs, system integrators and end users, to public and private investors and robotics companies.

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Robot sales in 2011 exceeded all expectations

Sales increased by 30 percent to about 150,000 units

"The success of the global robotics industry continued in 2011," said Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President "Investments in robot automation again surged in all regions!" Based on the results of the IFR Quarterly Statistics the IFR estimates that in 2011, sales of industrial robots will reach the new peak level of about 150,000 units. This would be an increase of about 30% compared to 2010.

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New IFR Association Member

Malaysia Robotics and Automation Interest Group (MYRAIG)

We are glad to welcome our new IFR Association member MYRAIG the Malaysia Robotics and Automation Interest Group located in Serdang, Malaysia.

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President´s Report

The world is Falling in Love with Robots

2011 was again a very successful year for the robotics industry with the number of installations reaching a new peak level. All over the world the necessity to automate has been boosting the application of industrial robots. The recent iREX in November in Tokyo was a demonstration of the innovative strength of the global robotics industry.

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Prof. Alexander Verl new Chairman of IFR Research Committee

The members of the IFR Research Committee elected Prof. Alexander Verl as new Chairman of the Research Committee.

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