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IERA Award 2013 - Apply Now !

Presentation in May at ICRA Conference in Germany

On 8 May 2013, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the ICRA Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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President´s Report

Review and Outlook

In 2012, we witnessed another successful year for the robotics industry! Of course, the increase of demand for robots has lost its momentum due to the weakening economic situation in many countries especially in the Euro zone, in Japan and in North America. However, the interest in robotics and the acceptance level of robots have continuously increased. Despite the unsure global economic forecast we are looking forward with confidence to 2013.

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New IFR Partner Member

Nexans Deutschland GmbH

We are glad to welcome our new IFR Partner member Nexans Deutschland GmbH, manufacturer of cables and cabling systems located in Nuremburg, Germany. 

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New IFR Partner Member

Universal Robots A/S

We are glad to welcome our new IFR Partner member Universal Robots A/S, manufacturer of light robots located in Odense, Denmark.

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European Robotics Week 2012

scheduled from 26 November to 2 December 2012

The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas.

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President´s Report

In August 2012, the IFR community met for the first time in Taipei to attend the 43rd International Symposium on Robotics, ISR 2012, and to take part in the robot show "TIROS". I was very impressed with the opening ceremony attended by the Vice President of Taiwan, Mr. Den-Yih Wu.

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International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2012

Review of event

There were 180 experts and researchers from 21 countries came all the way to Taiwan to participate the 43rd International Symposium on Robotics during August 29-31. Worldwide experts and researchers presented novel works and shared ideas in the field of robotics at ISR 2012.

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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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