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2nd Quarterly Newsletter 2011
"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.
"First signs of recovery some months ago expanded into a strong recovery", said Åke Lindqvist, IFR President. During the AUTOMATICA in Munich, there was a keen interest from the press in robotics, and the robot suppliers received a package of requests and a lot of order intakes. The participants of the IFR Round Table in Munich concluded that the robotics industry is back on track.
I am recently back from Tokyo and digesting the impressions from IREX. More than 100,000 visitors came to the IREX 2009 at the end of November in Tokyo. That shows the keen interest in robotics despite the still weak economic situation. Signs of a slight recovery are becoming apparent.
It is with great pride and excitement to announce the presentation of the new IFR website. From now on when you receive our e-mail announcing the latest IFR Newsletter you will be transferred to a newly designed IFR webpage.
The economical worldwide downturn is still going on, with no real signs of light at the end of the tunnel. The announcement that General Motor's CEO was asked to step down, sent another shockwave through Wall Street. The financial crisis has affected the global economy to a greater extend than expected. A recovery depends on a large extent of the banks and their willingness and ability to provide financing, which requires substantial government loans and support. This can still take a long time. In addition, the consumers' confidence is severely hurt and will take time to rebuild.