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IFR press release

President's Report

Outlook 2014

December 2013

Dear Reader,

Year 2013 is at the end: market data for the first 3 quarters show a further increase in comparison with the same period of 2012, which has been a very good year.

Robotic Industry therefore confirms all previous promises of an overall progress, even in presence critical economic situation in some key countries.

One basic reason of the continuous growth of the use of robotics stands in its never ending technological development in relation with market and industrial requirements, asking for product quality and competitiveness and safe processes.

All professionals in our field know that present challenges, such as human robot cooperation, easier programming and cost competitive solutions, are representing a breakthrough after years of more continuous technological developments. These themes, typical of Industrial Robotics, are also likely to share approaches coming from Service Robots experiences.

IFR will therefore support such, and other, developments in different ways.

In particular we will have 2 CEO Round Tables: the first one on 4th June 2014 during AUTOMATICA and the second on 8th July 2014 in Shanghai just before the start of CIROS 2014.

I am sure that Year 2014 will therefore represent a new challenging moment of Robotics Industry when innovative industrial solutions will grant other further sound progresses.

Happy New Year from IFR!

Sincerely yours

Arturo Baroncelli
IFR President