IFR press release

President´s Report

Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR PresidentApril 2012


Dear Members,

More than 150,000 new industrial robots were sold all over the world in 2011! This is by far the highest number of sold robots ever recorded in one year.  Robot suppliers are increasing capacities and the success story of industrial robots is ongoing. Case studies of our members published in this newsletter show examples of innovative robotic solutions in various industries.

The Robotics and Automation industry will demonstrate innovations and solutions from 22 to 25 May 2012 at the AUTOMATICA in Munich.

We have just finished evaluating the applications for the IERA Award 2012. The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. As a member of the Awards Committee, I had a close look at the applications. I was very impressed by the innovations and the successful commercialization of products. The IERA Award promotes the alliance between researchers and robot suppliers. I think close co-operation of both is the key to the great success of the robotics industry. Don't miss the presentation of the finalists of IERA 2012 on 23 May 2012 at the AUTOMATICA! I am also looking forward to seeing you at the IERA Award Networking Dinner in the evening. You will have the opportunity to meet the international robotics community there.

Another highlight during the AUTOMATICA will be the IFR CEO Round Table on 23 May 2012. CEOs of the robotics industry from Europe, Asia and America will discuss the topic "Industrial breakthrough with robots". The preliminary result of the global robot statistics and forecasts will also be presented.

I look forward to seeing you in Munich!

Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara
IFR President