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Sep 23, 2014 —

World Robotics has just published the latest forecast figures on robot shipments in 2014, and 2015 to 2017, and I must admit I am proud to present such a strong industry.

September 2014

Dear Reader,

World Robotics has just published the latest forecast figures on robot shipments in 2014, and 2015 to 2017, and I must admit I am proud to present such a strong industry. The worldwide demand on industrial robots is just overwhelming. An increase of 15% on shipments and a further forecast of an average annual growth of 12% between 2015 and 2017 signify that to satisfy such high demand our industry will probably have overcome certain challenges. The focus will be on Asia, especially China, and on North America. The growth of the robot market in China will accelerate in the coming years. In 2017, China will have reached the highest number of industrial robots working in the country’s factories by far, more than 400,000 units. No other country will have such a high operational stock of industrial robots.

The dynamically increasing development of robotics in China became apparent also at the CIROS in Shanghai. I was impressed by the large number of Chinese robot suppliers and their innovative products. The high interest in robotics was demonstrated at a number of several well organized events. The Chinese and international robot suppliers attending the joint IFR-CRIA CEO Round Table discussed the topic “International Visions on the Robot Market of China”. This interesting discussion was followed by a great audience. Following the CEO Round Table the nominated finalists of the IERA Award (IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation) presented their invention. Congratulations to Dr. Guy Caverot, BA SYSTEMES, who introduced a mobile base that supports the surgeons with the correct positioning of X-rays in the operating room.

The international robot summit at the CIROS trade show included experts from government and industry associations offering interesting details on the Chinese and other important robot markets first hand. In his outstanding speech, Professor Zhao Jie, the Leader of the China Plan 863 Robot Technical Theme Team, described the impressive development of the Chinese robotics industry and the activities of the government, research and industry to push the sector. He is convinced that the Chinese robotics industry will grow with an accelerated pace in the coming years. At the CIROS trade show 216 exhibitors demonstrated their latest developments in the robotics technology and almost 40,000 visitors took interest. The CIROS trade show is a growing exhibition where domestic and international manufacturers present their latest products and technologies.

Sincerely yours

Arturo Baroncelli
IFR President

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