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How robots help UK manufacturers face the headwinds of Brexit and COVID-19 coronavirus

by Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA)

Apr 27, 2020 — UK manufacturing faces multiple headwinds. A long-term stagnation in productivity growth has been compounded by Brexit. The coronavirus brings new investment uncertainty and strain on labour productivity. The UK’s manufacturing sector must follow the example of its global competitors and turn to automation to regain its footing.

Robots on the front line of keeping people safe from the coronavirus

Apr 01, 2020 — Robots are playing an important role in combatting the coronavirus. We look at some of the ways in which robots are keeping people safe, fed, and able to access the care they need through the pandemic.

Melonee Wise, Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, on trends in Service Robotics

Feb 05, 2020 — The IFR Secretariat spoke with Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics and Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, about future trends in service robotics.

Preparing the workforce for automation

Dec 11, 2019 — Training programmes and other incentives are vital to enable the workforce to successfully adjust to the impact of automation. We look at some of the initiatives underway in different countries to adapt and profit from the growth in automation, including robot adoption.

Market for Professional and Domestic Service Robots Booms in 2018

Oct 30, 2019 — The market value for professional service robots increased by 32% to US$ 9.2 billion in 2018 (over 2017), driven by a 60% increase in unit sales of logistics systems. A 59% increase in the number of personal / domestic service robots sold was dominated by sales of robot vacuum cleaners. The market for personal / domestic service robots reached US$ 3.66 billion in 2018.

Strong performance in the US, Europe and Japan drives global industrial robot sales of US$ 16.5 million in 2018

Oct 29, 2019 — Global sales of industrial robots reached a peak of US $16.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 1% over 2017. The number of robots sold increased by 6% to a record 422,000. China continues to be the leading market for industrial robots, despite declining sales in 2018. Germany and Italy led strong growth in Europe, while the United States leapfrogged Korea to become the third largest industrial robot market globally.

Five Trends in Russian Robotics

Aug 27, 2019 — Russia is not generally associated with the use or manufacture of robotics. While it’s true that the uptake of robots in the Federation is lower than in in Europe and Asia, a number of trends in both the indicate this could change over the next 5 years.

Managing mass customisation with software-defined manufacturing

Jul 24, 2019 — Manufacturers are increasingly turning to software-defined manufacturing (SDM) – a technology model in which manufacturing software and hardware are decoupled - to substantially optimise product design and production.

Events

automatica sprint

June 22- June 24, 2021

Messe München cancelled in-person event

INNOPROM 2021

July 06- July 09, 2021

INNOPROM is an International Industrial Fair held in Ekaterinburg annually since 2010.

ISR Europe 2021

July 06- July 09, 2021

53th International Symposium on Robotics will be held for the first time in Russia in parallel with the main Russia’s industrial trade show – INNOPROM.

TAIROS 2021

August 18- August 21, 2021

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1&2

RobotWorld 2021

October 27- October 30, 2021

RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 27 – 30 October 2021.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 23- November 26, 2021

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition, organized by Paper Communication Exhibition Services, will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition

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