Global robotics industry: Record beats Record!

2013: 179,000 industrial robots sold - 2014: Continued increase expected

May 30, 2014 —

“In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, again an all-time high and 12 percent more than in 2012,” announced Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President at the AUTOMATICA the preliminary results of the IFR world robot statistics.

President’s Report 01/2014

2013 set new Record in Sales

Mar 31, 2014 —

Excellent news for the Robotics Industry: Year 2013 has seen another all-time record in robot sales, reaching 168,000 units. T

President’s Report 04/2013

Outlook 2014

Dec 10, 2013 —

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.

“Robotics meets IT - Ubiquitous” in Seoul

Theme of the 2nd IFR Research Lectures

Dec 09, 2013 —

The “2013 IFR Research Lectures” were organized by KIRIA (Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement), KITECH (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology) and CNU-RRI (Chonnam National University-Robot Research Initiative). 14 young researchers from 5 different countries participated in this year’s IFR Research Lectures.

President´s Report 03/2013

What are the Challenges for IFR in the future?

Sep 26, 2013 —

The annual study World Robotics has just been published and forecasts are promising.

Considerable increase of medical robots and logistic systems

Strong demand for domestic and entertainment robots

Sep 18, 2013 —

About 16,100 service robots for professional use were sold in 2012, 2% more than in 2011, reports the IFR Statistical Department in the new study “World Robotics 2013 - Service Robots”. The sales value slightly decreased to US$ 3.4 billion.


Industrial Robots

The IFR’s use of the term “industrial robot” is based on the definition of the ISO: an “automatically controlled, reprogrammable multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes”

Robots Create Jobs!

OECD research shows: companies that employ technological innovation effectively are up to 10 times more productive than those that do not. This has a positive impact on competitiveness and jobs.

Service Robots

The International Organization for Standardization defines a “service robot” as a robot “that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation applications”

Robotics Research

The IFR fosters links between the robotics industry and institutes. Our members engage in an intensive exchange on new technologies and emerging robots at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR

Case Studies

Case Studies of Industrial and Service Robots. Robots in action can be found everywhere. Robot Manufacturers give examples of robot applications in different industries


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the worldwide federation of national standards organizations. Standards concerning robots are prepared by ISO Technical Committee 299 with the title “Robotics”


CIROS 2017

July 05- July 08, 2017

This edition of Shanghai International Robot Show showcases the world’s most advanced robot technology and top achievements to promote China’s industrial robot manufacturers to develop both domestic and international markets.

ISR 2017 Asia

July 06- July 07, 2017

The 49th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017Asia) takes place for the first time in China at Shanghai, National Exhibition and Convention Center. The conference is organized in conjunction with the CIROS show.


July 10- July 13, 2017

INNOPROM is a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present - and on the priorities that underpin Russia’s program of industrial and manufacturing development.


September 13- September 16, 2017

ROBOTWORLD is one of the three major international professional robotic exhibitions, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry which had been at its fledgling stage of development.


November 29- December 02, 2017

The International Robot Exhibition is one of the world’s largest robot trade shows, which is held once every two years and will mark its 22nd exhibition this year.

World Robot Summit 2018

October 17- October 21, 2018

WRS will bring together the world’s most advanced robots and robotic technologies along with researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players from around the world.


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