“There are a variety of educational opportunities as well as many networking situations where I have broadened my industry contacts with suppliers, partners and end users. The IFR has been a strong advocate for our industry bringing awareness to crucial areas to insure visibility and awareness of the benefits of automation and service robots in various markets. The IFR offers the opportunity to exchange information and create alliances or partnerships.”
“The industry is experiencing technical breakthroughs in many areas like human robot collaboration, mobility, and artificial intelligence. The IFR is the globally central point to stay informed about these and other trends. The key advantages of our involvement with the IFR have been and continue to be, education, networking, research and advocacy.”
Established in 1987, IFR has brought together the international robotics players in more than 20 countries. It is a unique platform for sharing information and exchanging ideas, thus contributing to the dynamic development of the robotics around the world. The role of IFR is becoming more and more important for further global development of robotics in the future. CRIA is proud to be part of this international robotics family.
"The International Federation of Robotics is here to provide a reliable and highly trained professional network for the robotics community. By sponsoring the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), the IFR stands as a major driver for researchers and engineers from around the globe, allowing them to present their pioneering works in service and industrial robotics."
“What I have learned from IFR: The market data on new technologies and trends provided by the IFR are essential for anyone involved in robotics. The IFR meetings have been tremendously beneficial for bringing together industry and academia, and providing invaluable networking opportunities.”
"One of the key benefits of the IFR is its influence on public opinion, to bring across the positive impact robotics has on economic performance, and to ease fears of technology. Particularly in times such as these, in which populist messages are prevalent, society needs an institution that informs objectively about robotics with well-founded statistics and research."
"Robotics technology is the key element of future production. This is already clear in the automobile industry and other relatively large scale productions. But now, robot co-workers are creating new opportunities and applications, particularly in the medium and small size enterprises, through easier set-up and reasonable costs. The IFR introduces these applications and paves the way towards potential future markets."
"The IFR has established itself as the benchmark for robotics in the world. It provides a communication platform among world-class robotics companies on new market trends and technological developments. As a rapidly growing robotics company within the emerging market in China, ESTUN Robotics is proud to be a member of IFR, creating mutual benefits."
The Report shows that a new record high of 381,000 units were shipped globally in 2017 – an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017).
Sales value of service robots for professional use increased by 39 percent to US$6.6 billion. The total number sold in this robot category rose by 85 percent (2017). Logistic systems show the strongest demand, accounting for 63 percent of the total units and 36 percent of the total sales (in value) of professional service robots.