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3rd Quarterly Newsletter 2015
Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units. This is almost twice as much as the sales volume in 2014. The main driver of this development is the global competition of industrial production. Within this context, the rapid automation in China represents a unique development in the history of robotics.
The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.
Robots and people working together. This will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production, concluded the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It will open up new applications and new customers for the robotics industry.
More than 200,000 industrial robots will have been sold in 2014. This is again a new record. Opportunities for continued growth are huge. The breakthrough of human robot collaboration just started. It will capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. The topic is hot! Robot experts and robot users will discuss on "Robots and People Working Together" at the next IFR CEO Round Table on 23rd March 2015 in Chicago.
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.
Human-machine-collaboration, more ease of use and assembly will provide a huge potential for robot installations in the coming years. This became apparent in the discussion of the robot users Dr. Chia Day, Foxconn, and Dr. Stefan-Markus Baginski, BMW, among five CEO robot suppliers at the AUTOMATICA in Munich on 4 June 2014.
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.
Year 2013 is at the end: market data for the first 3 quarters show a further increase in comparison with the same period of 2012, which has been a very good year. Robotic Industry therefore confirms all previous promises of an overall progress, even in presence critical economic situation in some key countries.
The annual study World Robotics has just been published and forecasts are promising. The Robotics industry is looking into a bright future. Challenges facing our industry are not easy but they are feasible. One of the most important challenges I think is the human robot cooperation, i.e. robot assistant. The implementation of this technique including advanced safety measures, easier, flexible and even more interactive programming and integration will open up plenty of new application fields.
2012 was quite satisfying for the global robot industry and robot sales reached the second highest level ever. The demand for industrial robots is increasing due to the accelerating trend towards automation all over the world. We estimate that in 2013, robot sales will reach a similar result as in 2012.