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4th Quarterly Newsletter 2012
In 2012, we witnessed another successful year for the robotics industry! Of course, the increase of demand for robots has lost its momentum due to the weakening economic situation in many countries especially in the Euro zone, in Japan and in North America. However, the interest in robotics and the acceptance level of robots have continuously increased. Despite the unsure global economic forecast we are looking forward with confidence to 2013.
In August 2012, the IFR community met for the first time in Taipei to attend the 43rd International Symposium on Robotics, ISR 2012, and to take part in the robot show "TIROS". I was very impressed with the opening ceremony attended by the Vice President of Taiwan, Mr. Den-Yih Wu.
At our press conference at AUTOMATICA, we could report on 2011 - the year of the 50th anniversary of the industrial robots and by far the most successful year of industrial robots. The forecast for 2012 and beyond is promising. The international press showed keen interest on the 3rd IFR CEO Round Table on the topic: "Breakthrough with Industrial Robots".
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.
2011 was again a very successful year for the robotics industry with the number of installations reaching a new peak level. All over the world the necessity to automate has been boosting the application of industrial robots. The recent iREX in November in Tokyo was a demonstration of the innovative strength of the global robotics industry.
"Making a future with Robot" is the theme of this year's International Robot Exhibition (iREX 2011) in Tokyo. I think this is a perfect slogan for the worldwide robotics industry today. I am very happy to start my presidency at such a successful period of the robotics industry. The strong demand on robotics of 2010 is still continuing in 2011.
The whole world is concerned of the terrible catastrophe and the consequences which are still not fully apparent. On behalf of the IFR community, I would like to express my deep sympathy to our Japanese colleagues. In these days our thoughts are with all Japanese people.
During more than 30 years in the robotics business, I never saw such a strong and ongoing recovery of robot demand. In the first three quarters of 2010 the robot sales doubled compared to the same period in 2009, the result of the global financial and economical crisis. Already in 2010, we will be back on the peak levels of 2007 and 2008.
The World Robotics 2010 studies of Industrial Robots and Service Robots have been published on 14 September 2010. They are accepted worldwide as the most valuable and most reliable surveys concerning the worldwide robotics industry, in the industrial robot sector as well as in the service robot sector.