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2nd Newsletter 2016

President's Report

Manufacturing industry has a huge potential for automation

Let me just start with sad news. It is with our deepest sorrow that Xavier Grau, General Manager of our member association AER-ATP, Spain, passed away on September 4, 2016 in Barcelona at the age of 59. With gratitude we pay our respect to his work in robotics and all the contributions he made to the IFR. Our thoughts are with his family. 


World Robotics Report 2016

European Union occupies top position in the global automation race

By 2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world - that's the latest forecast from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In the race for automation in manufacturing, the European Union is currently one of the global frontrunners: 65 percent of countries with an above-average number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees, are located in the EU. The strongest growth drivers for the robotics industry are found in China; however, in 2019 some 40 percent of the worldwide market volume of industrial robots will be sold there alone. 


IERA Award 2016

World Robotics Award 2016 Goes to "YuMi®"

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®" by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for "you and me - we work together" - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. The International Federation of Robotics IFR together with the Robotics and Automation Society of the international association of engineers, IEEE-RAS, awarded the invention and entrepreneurship prize in Robotics and Automation (IERA) to ABB Robotics in Munich. 


Japanese Junji Tsuda is new Vice President

On 23 June 2016, the Executive Board of the world robots association IFR appointed Japanese Junji Tsuda as new Vice President of the International Federation of Robotics. Together with the President Joe Gemma, Tsuda will now manage the activities of the IFR. In 2008, he already had this position for a period of two years. Presently, the 65-year-old is the Representative Director Chairman of the Board of the Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corporation. 


Be a speaker at the International Symposium on Robotics 2017

Call for abstracts - deadline 30 September 2016

The International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2017 will be co-located with the Automate Show in Chicago. The deadline to submit conference abstracts is September 30, 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in presenting a non-commercial, educational presentation at the Automate Conference, please submit an online request.


China seeking to join the Top 10 robotics nations by 2020

China wants to make the leap into the Top 10 of the world's most intensively automated nations by 2020. By then, its robot density is targeted to rise to 150 units - this being the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees (2015: 36 units). The aim is to increase annual sales of domestically produced industrial robots to 100,000 units  by 2020. This goal was declared by Wang Ruixiang, President of the China Machinery Industry Federation, speaking at the "China International Summit of Robot Industry" in Shanghai. With a robot density of 36 units, China is currently ranked 28th in the world.


10th IFR CEO Round Table at AUTOMATICA

Theme: Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots

The irrepressible march of robots is revolutionising the workplace of the future. This was the subject of a discussion between five CEOs of the world's leading robotic manufacturers, who were joined by experts from Boeing and Nestlé at the "World Robotics IFR CEO Round Table 2016" hosted in Munich. High calibre participants from the USA, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland shared their practical knowledge on "Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots" in the light of the global automation boom.


On the Death of Xavier Comet Grau

General Manager of AER-ATP

It is with our deepest sorrow to announce that Xavier Grau, General Manager of our member association AER-ATP, Spain, passed away on September 4, 2016 in Barcelona at the age of 59.


12-15 Oct, 2016


ROBOTWORLD is one of the biggest global robot shows including exhibitions, conference and robot contest all in one. It now commemorates 11th anniversary and you will find state-of-the-art technologies and trends in industrial and service robots. This year, IROS 2016 (9-14, Oct) will be held in the same week of ROBOTWORLD in Korea.