IERA Award 2018 - apply now

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award

Frankfurt, Feb 08, 2018 — IFR and IEEE are requesting applications for the IERA Award 2018 presentation which will be part of the International Symposium on Robotics ISR in June in Munich.

Robot density rises globally

International Federation of Robotics

Frankfurt, Feb 07, 2018 — The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.

President’s Report

Outlook of the new IFR President

Dec 18, 2017 — I just returned from the iREX in Tokyo. The record number of more than 130,000 visitors and more than 600 exhibitors has demonstrated the high interest in robotics. The global success story of industrial robots continued in 2017 for the 8th year in a row. Prospects for 2018 and beyond are promising.

iREX in Tokyo ended with new records

Tokyo, Dec 15, 2017 — International Robot Exhibition 2017 (iREX 2017), which was the largest scale ever, was a great success with 130,480 visitors from various countries during the four-day exhibition period from November 29 through December 2, 2017.

North American Automation Market Shattering Records in 2017

Robotics, Machine Vision, and Motion Control Segments at Highest Levels of Growth Ever

Ann Arbor, Dec 12, 2017 — The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating. Results found records set in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology.

Soft Tissue Robotics

IRTG on Soft Tissue Robotics getting started – Facing the challenges of soft tissue interaction

Dec 07, 2017 — Interaction between rigid robotic devices and soft materials imposes significant challenges and largely unresolved problems to current practice in robotics. Therefore, a collaboration between the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand) has been established, developing simulation-driven concepts and design for control and automation of robotic devices interacting with soft tissues.


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”



June 19- June 22, 2018

Everything at automatica revolves around optimizing your production operation. The trade fair features innovative automation and robotics solutions with pioneering key technologies for all branches of industry. So you can manufacture higher-quality products quicker and more cost effectively.

ISR 2018

June 20- June 21, 2018

Robotics in the era of Digitalization! After two years the 50th International Symposium on Robotics, ISR 2018, will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 20–21, 2018.

CiROS 2018

July 04- July 07, 2018

China International Robot Show (CiROS), co-hosted by China Machinery Industry Federation, China Robot Industry Alliance and CMEPO Exhibition Co., Ltd, is China's first national exhibition platform covering the whole product chain of robots aiming to make the most professional exhibition in robotics with the main robotics industry companies from home and abroad.


August 29- September 01, 2018

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei World Trade Center, Nangang exhibiton hall

RobotWorld 2018

October 10- October 13, 2018

RobotWorld is major international robot show, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry as a whole, which had been at its fledgling stage of development.

Japan Robot Week 2018

October 17- October 19, 2018

Japan Robot Week 2018, as the exhibition specialized in service robots and robot-related technologies, has been held every following year of ‘International Robot Exhibition (iREX)’, and will mark its 4th exhibition this year.


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