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The continuing success story of industrial robots

Further increase of worldwide industrial robot sales in 2012 by nine percent

"The success story of industrial robots is continuing in 2012 and beyond" , said Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on the occasion of the publication of the study "World Robotics 2012 - Industrial Robots", on Thursday in Taipei. "Despite the weakening global economic situation a further robot sales increase of about nine percent to about 181,000 units is likely in 2012. The IFR Statistical Department expects that between 2013 and 2015 worldwide robot sales will increase by about 5% on average per year. In 2015, the annual supply of industrial robots will reach more than 200,000 units."

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Statements of CEOs of important robot suppliers

World Robotics 2012 - Industrial Robots published

Please read the statements of CEOs of important robot suppliers on the latest robot figures published on 30 August 2012.

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Professional service robots - Continued Increase

World Robotics 2012 - Service Robots published

About 16,400 service robots for professional use were sold in 2011, 9% more than in 2010, reports the IFR Statistical Department in the new study "World Robotics 2012 - Service Robots", which was published on Thursday in Taipei. The sales value increased by 6% to US$ 3.6 billion.

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50 years Industrial Robots

IFR published Brochure

In 2011 we were able to look back on 50 years of Industrial Robots. This anniversary was a reason for IFR to reflect on the history of this successful "co-worker". IFR created a brochure containing the milestones of technology and commercialization.

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International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2012

Program has been released

The 43rd International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), the world's most prestigious annual robotics conference, takes place during the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS) 2012 Show and Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 29-31, 2012. The conference theme is "Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction"

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President´s Report

At our press conference at AUTOMATICA, we could report on 2011 - the year of the 50th anniversary of the industrial robots and by far the most successful year of industrial robots. The forecast for 2012 and beyond is promising. The international press showed keen interest on the 3rd IFR CEO Round Table on the topic: "Breakthrough with Industrial Robots".

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Keen interest of press and media in the 3rd IFR CEO Round Table at the AUTOMATICA 2012

Journalists from all over the world didn't miss the opportunity to get the most current data of the world market of industrial robots, to listen to the discussion of CEO's of major industrial robot companies on the breakthrough with industrial robots and to interview the top robot experts.

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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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