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Highlights

Robots double worldwide by 2020

3 million industrial robots use by 2020

Frankfurt, May 30, 2018 — Nearly 70 percent of employees believe that robotics and automation offer the opportunity to qualify for higher skilled work. This is the result of a worldwide automatica survey of 7,000 employees in seven countries. The technological change calls for targeted training and further education for employees. More than 3 million industrial robots will be in use in factories around the world by 2020. This means that the operational stock will more than double within seven years (2014-2020).

President’s Report

Robots benefit from advances in Artificial Intelligence

May 24, 2018 — These are exciting times in robotics. Robot adoption has grown at a rapid pace over the past three years and we expect this to continue. The IFR forecasts 15% average annual growth in industrial robots and up to 25% growth in professional service robots by 2020.

RIA to Present Gudrun Litzenberger and Esben Østergaard with Engelberger Robotics Awards

Automation Industry’s Most Prestigious Honor to be Presented at 2018 ISR

Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018 — The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announced the winners of the 2018 Engelberger Robotics Awards, the world's most prestigious robotics honor. The 2018 awards will be presented to Gudrun Litzenberger, the General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), and Esben Østergaard, CTO and Cofounder of Universal Robots.

IERA Award 2018 - Finalists nominated

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award

Frankfurt, May 21, 2018 — The IERA Awards committee nominated three applicants for the final presentation. Lely, Kuka and Perception Robotics will present their product in a special session which will be part of the International Symposium on Robotics at the automatica.

International Symposium on Robotics 2018 in Munich

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Munich, Apr 26, 2018 — The 50th installment of the globally leading robotics conference “International Symposium on Robotics” (ISR 2018) will be held in June 20-21, 2018 within the framework of automatica 2018.

Robots create jobs – new research

Results by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Frankfurt, Apr 19, 2018 — At 309 units per 10,000 employees, robot density in German manufacturing industry is the third highest worldwide. At the same time, the number of people employed in Germany reached 44 million in 2017, the highest figure since reunification. The rapid spread of industrial robots hasn’t made a dent in employment figures: today, new tasks have been created for the workforce alongside once performed by machines.

Topics

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”

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

Position Papers

Information and IFR opinion on topical issues regarding robots and automation

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

Standardization

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”

Events

automatica

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.

TAIROS 2018

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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Contact IFR Germany

Gudrun Litzenberger

IFR General Secretary
IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
Fax: +49 69-6603-2502
E-Mail: gl@ifr.org

Nina Kutzbach

Assistant IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1518
Fax: +49 69-6603-2518
E-Mail: nk@ifr.org

Silke Lampe

Assistant IFR Secretariat

Lyoner Str. 18
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1697
Fax: +49 69-6603-2697
E-Mail: sl@ifr.org