IFR press release

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

Highlights of the IFR CEO Round Table on 23 May 2012 in Munich

  • 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 at the AUTOMATICA in Munich.

The main results were:

  • The automotive industry will continue to be the innovator for new technology and the main driver of the growth of robot sales.
  • There is still a huge potential for robot installations in China. Chinese customers are very challenging and reliable. There will be Chinese robot suppliers in the future. The robotics industry is looking forward to a challenging competition.
  • Safety regulations still demand further improved solutions of the man-machine cooperation.
  • The General Industry needs more specialized, more flexible and more easy-to-use robotics solutions. The number of customers is strongly increasing. 
  • New materials and improved technology reduce energy consumption of industrial robots.

Statements of CEOs on these topics: CEO Statements 2012

Participants of the IFR CEO Round Table: 

John Dulchinos, Adept

Manfred Gundel, KUKA

Olaf Gehrels, Fanuc

Yoshikatsu Minami, Yaskawa

Per Vegard Nerseth, ABB

John Dulchinos

Manfred Gundel
KUKA Roboter

Olaf Gehrels
Luxembourg Corp.

Yoshikatsu Minami
Director and General
Manager Robotics Division
Yaskawa Electric Corp.

Per Vegard Nerseth
Head of ABB Robotics

All pictures are provided by Messe Munich and are ready for download below!