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IFR press release

President's Report

2013 set new Record in Sales

March 2014

Dear Reader,

Excellent news for the Robotics Industry: Year 2013 has seen another all-time record in robot sales, reaching 168,000 units.  

The main driver of the new record is the impressive demand in the Asian market, which confirms the growth achieved during recent years as well as the expected projections.

The never ending improvements in performance, quality and competitiveness of robots have generated a thrust at the basis of such success: in this perspective the imminent trade fair, AUTOMATICA 2014, in Munich represents a key event where technical developments will be shown by all worldwide actors of the Robotics Industry.

The joint 45th International Symposium on Robotics, the ISR, with the 8th German Conferene on Robotics, the Robotik 2014 (2-3 June 2014) is the meeting point for science and industry. The pioneering work of reseachers and engineers worldwide in the field of robotics will be presented and shared. The winners of the Joseph Engelberger Award will be presented at the ISR dinner on 2nd June 2014.

During the AUTOMATICA 2014, IFR will contribute to support the best understanding of trends and directions in Robotics at the CEO Round Table on 4th June, where both top representatives of robot suppliers and important final users from America, Europe and Asia will debate about the present most important technical challenge: human robot cooperation.

Another activity promoted by the IFR, intended to support superior scientific developments, is represented by IERA award, which annually honors and highlights  the ideas and achievements most valued in our Industry. The call for applications has been published and the awarding ceremony will take place in Shanghai on 8th July.

The IFR looks forward to seeing you soon in Munich and Shanghai to appreciate all the recent impressive accomplishments of the robotics industry and the premises for a further and brighter progress.   

Sincerely yours

Arturo Baroncelli
IFR President