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3rd Quarterly Newsletter 2014

President's Report

China - the most important robotics market

World Robotics has just published the latest forecast figures on robot shipments in 2014, and 2015 to 2017, and I must admit I am proud to present such a strong industry. The worldwide demand on industrial robots is just overwhelming. An increase of 15% on shipments and a further forecast of an average annual growth of 12% between 2015 and 2017 signify that to satisfy such high demand our industry will probably have overcome certain challenges.


Accelerating demand for industrial robots will continue

2014: increase by at least 15% - 2015-2017: increase of 12% on average per year

"More than 200,000 industrial robots will be installed in 2014 worldwide, 15% more than in 2013" announced Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President, on the occasion of the publication of the study "World Robotics 2014 - Industrial Robots", on Tuesday in Frankfurt. "The accelerating demand for industrial robots will continue. Between 2015 and 2017, growth will likely continue at about 12% on average per year", stated Baroncelli.


Service Robots: Logistic systems on the rise

Continued strong increase of personal and domestic robots

About 21,000 service robots for professional use were sold worldwide in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, reports the IFR Statistical Department in the new study "World Robotics 2014 - Service Robots", which was published on Tuesday in Frankfurt. The total sales value slightly decreased to US$ 3.6 billion. For the period of 2014 to 2017, sales forecast which were provided by companies worldwide indicate an increase to about 134,500 units with an estimated value of US$ 18.9 billion.


CEO Statements to the results of World Robotics

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2014, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:


Automate 2015 to Host International Symposium on Robotics

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 October 2014

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced that Automate 2015 will host the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR). Abstracts can be submitted by 15 October 2014. Automate 2015 is being held March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago.


Mobile X-Ray Machine Wins the Tenth Anniversary IEEE/IFR IERA Award

Medical Application Convinced

The 10th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) was presented to Dr. Guy Caverot, BA SYSTEMES for a mobile base designed to receive an X-ray machine. The session was held at the conference of the China International Robot Show (CIROS) in Shanghai, China.


New IFR Robot Supplier Member

ESTUN Robotics Co. Ltd. joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member ESTUN Robotics Co. Ltd., who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The company was founded in 2011 in Nanjing, China, with goals to develop advanced industrial robots and promote national robotics industry.


ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier member

Strong robot gives a lift to turnover at Foldy Pac

Two ABB robots at Foldy Pac in Skultuna in Sweden have taken care of the toughest work steps in pallet manufacture. At the same time, production has tripled.  Foldy Pac manufactures wood and plywood packaging, primarily for export companies.


Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Robot Supplier member

Port Erie Plastics is all in on automation

Using primarily WITTMANN BATTENFELD robots, Port Erie has automated 50% of their 90 injection molding machines. The results? Decreased costs, improved part quality and consistency, and winning work back from overseas.


Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Introduces New Mobile Robot Localization Technology

Adept Technology, Inc. has launched "Acuity," a new patented, proprietary technology for its "Lynx" intelligent, autonomous mobile robots. Acuity is a breakthrough localization feature that allows Adept Lynx mobile robots to navigate in environments where the surroundings are extremely dynamic.


Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Standardized Long-Stroke Gripper with CFC Housing

The standardized CGH light-weight gripper is the result of modern simulation methods, intensive test series, and economic manufacturing processes. The long-stroke gripper benefits from the specific material characteristics of CFC: Its E-value is four times higher, and its tensile force is twice as high as aluminum. The gripper weight has been reduced by 40%.


Kuka, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Hammered out smoothly

With KUKA.CNC software, SEMATEK GmbH breaks new ground in surface processing. Since 2007, SEMATEK GmbH, has been developing innovative and complete engineering solutions for modern manufacturing companies in need of manufacturing processes for new products and wanting to optimize or continue developing existing processes. The company has always stood for lowering costs and increasing production output.


Fanuc Robotics, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

FANUC paint shop robots boost installed UK base

Only twelve months after launching two new paint robots, FANUC has supplied 32 P-250i robots into three UK manufacturing sites.  The figure exceeds the total of all paint robots installed, in the UK, over the last three years by 151%. (based on BARA annual robot statistics).


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Posts its Best Quarter Ever

Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start ever in 2014, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A record 14,135 robots, valued at $788 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2014, an increase of 30% in units and 16% in revenue over the same period in 2013. 


Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Appoints Managing Director for Europe

Adept Technology, Inc. announced that Dr. Klaus Kluger has been named the company's Managing Director for Europe and Marco Mina as a sales engineer covering Italy.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

The Association for Advancing Automation Sets Membership Record

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging and Motion Control Association (MCA), announced that its three associations have reached all time highs for membership. As of the end of July, RIA now has 334 company members, AIA is also at 334 members and MCA consists of 111 members.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR Robot Supplier member

Valk Welding starts successfully at the Swedish market

Based on their success on other European countries and the need for a more flexible automation of the welding production, Valk Welding has expand their activities also to the Swedish market. With a presentation on the Elmia Automation Fair 2014, together with Prorob Teknik AB, Valk Welding introduced their welding robotsystems to the Swedish metalindustry for the first time.


23-26 Oct, 2014


ROBOTWORLD is one of the three biggest international robot shows, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry as a whole, which had been at its fledgling stage of development.