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European Machine Vision Association (EMVA)

European Vision Technology Market Statistics 2011 available

Data from 225 companies in the European machine vision industry have been evaluated for the 2011 edition of the European Machine Vision Association's report.

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President´s Report

Making a future with Robot

"Making a future with Robot" is the theme of this year's International Robot Exhibition (iREX 2011) in Tokyo. I think this is a perfect slogan for the worldwide robotics industry today. I am very happy to start my presidency at such a successful period of the robotics industry. The strong demand on robotics of 2010 is still continuing in 2011.

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IFR Statistical Department

Continuing growth of robot sales worldwide

According to the results of the first quarter 2011 of the IFR Quarterly Statistics the robots sales increased by 53% compared to the first quarter 2010. In the fourth quarter 2010 the growth of robot sales slowed down somewhat. However, the level in all three regions - North America, Europe and Asia - rose compared to the 4th quarter 2010. Especially sales of robots for handling operations and welding increased above average.

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7th 2011 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award

Bruno Maisonnier selected as Winner

The 7th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) was presented to Bruno Maisonnier, CEO of Aldebaran Robotics for development of the Humanoid Robot NAO.

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Finalists nominated for Invention and Entrepeneurship in Robotics and Automation Award (IERA)

Presentations at International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Four 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 at a special Industry Forum at ICRA 2011. The Industry Forum is part of the ICRA 2011 programme and will be held on 9 May 2011 in Shanghai.

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Robotics Supply Chain: What impact has the Japanese tragedy?

The strong demand is continuing

In 2011 a further increase of robot sales between 10% and 15% is expected. The predicted forecast has been set up by the IFR prior to the recent tsunami in Japan and its substantial effects on the Japanese economy. During the IFR Industrial Robot Suppliers Meeting on 24 March in Chicago a threat analysis was performed with the knowledge of the participating robot suppliers from all over the world.

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Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara as new IFR President elected

Lindqvist's time of office ended

The IFR Executive Board elected Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, Managing Counselor, FANUC CORPORATION, Japan, as the new IFR President. Dr. Sakakibara announced that he will continue to strengthen the IFR as the most important organization for the world robotics community.

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Joseph Engelberger Award presented to the retiring IFR President Åke Lindqvist

Honored for Leadership

Åke Lindqvist, IFR President, was presented the Joseph Engelberger Award for Leadership 2011 at the Gala Dinner of the International Symposium on Robotics on 22 March in Chicago.

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Highlights of CEO Round Table

Successful IFR CEO Round Table on "The competitive edge of robotics" at the Automate 2011 in Chicago.

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CEO Round Table discussion

The Robotics Competitive Edge

The IFR invited the international press to a CEO Round Table discussion on "The Robotics Competitive Edge" at the AUTOMATE 2011 in Chicago.

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