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World Robotics 2020 Press Conference on 24 September

2.7 Million Industrial Robots on the Planet

Sep 14, 2020 A total of 2.7 million industrial robots now operate in factories around the world – an increase of 12 percent. The ongoing automation trend and technical improvements rapidly change industrial production. More facts in our online press conference on 24 September 2020 at 13:00 hrs (CEST).

Where do America, Asia and Europe invest in the global automation race, what is the impact of trade conflicts, how does the sector of service robots evolve and how do robots help to speed up the post-Corona recovery?

The International Federation of Robotics invites journalists to an online press conference for the publication of the new World Robotics 2020 report:

When: Thursday, September 24th, 2020, 13:00-14:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST)

The Speakers

  • Milton Guerry (SCHUNK, USA), IFR President
  • Dr. Susanne Bieller, IFR General Secretary
  • Dr. Christopher Müller, IFR Statistical Department
  • Dr. Werner Kraus, Vice-Chair of IFR Service Robot Group

The Topics:

  • World Robotics 2020 – Industrial Robots: The global automation race in numbers
  • World Robotics 2020 – Service Robots: success story for professional & private use
  • Robotic trends and new fields of application in post-Corona economy

Please register with Carsten Heer: email [email protected] Telephone: +49 40 82244 284

Robotics is a hot topic these days!

Many cutting edge technologies are connected with the field of robotics, like machine learning and AI, IIOT, man-machinecollaboration or autonomous mobile systems. Intelligent robots are the crucial part of digitalization of the manufacturing industry.

The global manufacturing industry is facing big challenges however, like rapidly changing consumer trends, shortage of resources, shortage of skilled workers, aging society, and demand for local productions.

Flexible industrial robot-based automation delivers the solution to all these challenges. World Robotics observes the robotics industry and offers profound statistical data. It is your key to the world of industrial robots and service robots.

Orders for the new World Robotics reports can already be placed directly on our webpage.

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Collaborative Robot


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Robots at assembly line in the electronics industry

Automotive welding


Robots welding car chassis in the automotive industry

Automotive welding


Robots welding parts in the automotive industry

UR5 - A highly flexible robot arm

© Universal Robots

Trelleborg uses UR5 robots (payload 5kg) to carry out machine tending mainly on CNC machines

UR3 - ultra-flexible table-top robot

© Universal Robots

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Cheese Handling

© Staubli

Cutting and Handling of Cheese


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The MOTOMAN dual arm robot in a biomedical cell where it performs all the necessary tasks in a laboratory environment.


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ANT driven AGV

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Press Contact IFR

Carsten Heer

IFR Press Inquiries

Phone: +49 40-822 44 284
E-Mail: press(at)ifr.org

Dr. Susanne Bieller

IFR General Secretary

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
E-Mail: secretariat(at)ifr.org