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.