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3rd Newsletter 2016

President's Report

Outlook 2017

2016 was again a successful year for industrial and service robots and we look forward to a promising and challenging year 2017. 


31 million robots helping in households worldwide by 2019

The worldwide number of domestic household robots will rise to 31 million between 2016 and 2019. The sales value of robots cleaning floors, mowing lawns, and cleaning swimming pools will grow to about 13 billion US dollars in this period.


New IFR Members

ISW, IBG and RISONG joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new R&D member ISW and IFR Robot Supplier members IBG Goeke Technology Group and Guangzhou Risong Intelligent Techology Holding, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.


Service Robotics:

Sales up 25 percent - 2019 boom predicted

The total number of service robots for professional use sold in 2015 increased by 25 percent. The sales value surged by 14 percent to a new record of US$ 4.6 billion. By 2019, sales forecast indicates another rapid increase up to an accumulated value of US$ 23 billion for the period 2016-2019.


US-Industry: 135,000 new robots bring jobs back home

In the last six years, (2010-2015), the US industry has installed around 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver in this race to automate is the car industry. During this same period, the number of employees in the automotive sector increased by 230,000. Today, the robot density in the automotive sector of the United States rank second worldwide to that of Japan. The industrial renaissance in North America continues unabated; provided the global economy remains stable, it is estimated that robot shipments to Canada, Mexico and the US will grow at an average annual rate of 5% to 10%.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016. A total of 23,985 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of seven percent in units and three percent in dollars over the same period in 2015, which held the previous record.


Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

ARENA2036: Creating the Automobile Production of the Future

ARENA2036 is a research campus in Stuttgart where partners from industry and research institutions investigate and demonstrate the future of automobile manufacturing. Up until now, the core of automotive manufacturing processes is the assembly line, whereas future production systems will ask for more agile and transformable manufacturing systems with reduced dependency from conveyor belts and fixed cycle times.


Walter Zulauf elected as new Chairman of EUnited Robotics

At the EUnited Robotics members' assembly on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Walter Zulauf, Director of Technology at G├╝del Group AG, was elected as the new Chairman of EUnited Robotics for the next three years.  Walter Zulauf will succeed Henrik A. Schunk (CEO, Schunk GmbH & Co. KG) who held the position for the last 6 years.


3-6 Apr, 2017

ISR 2017 Americas

The 48th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.


3-6 Apr, 2017


Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies, you'll find ways to automate every process in your company.