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IFR Press Releases

Frankfurt, Mar 31, 2016 —

In 2015, global sales of industrial robots increased by 8% to almost 240,000 units, another all-time high for the third year in a row. The automotive industry and the electronics industry continued investing in automation of their factories. Asia, in particular China, was again the main driver of the growth.

Dear Reader,

In 2015, global sales of industrial robots increased by 8% to almost 240,000 units, another all-time high for the third year in a row. The automotive industry and the electronics industry continued investing in automation of their factories. Asia, in particular China, was again the main driver of the growth. North America is also one of the front-runners in the global automation race. Robot sales in North America increased by 11% and in Europe by 8%. The prospects for the coming years are promising.

Digitalization of factories is a great challenge and opportunity faced by the manufacturing industry. More companies are exploring the advantages of digital connectivity. In addition, the human robot partnership will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production (Industry 4.0). Here, user-friendly robots as well as mobile robots are opening up opportunities for automation in various sectors.

The “Smart Factory” will be a focus of AUTOMATICA 2016 from 21 to 24 June. Automation and production-process innovation will be presented under the theme “Optimize your production”. A separate exhibition area, including a conference room and stage, will be dedicated to Industry 4.0.

At the next IFR CEO Round Table on 22 June 2016, at the AUTOMATICA in Munich, CEOs of major robot suppliers and robot end-users will have discussions on the topic: “Get ready for the digital revolution” - change of work and change of workforce.

Furthermore, the 47th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2016), from 21 to 22 June 2016 in Munich, will have the central theme: “Robotics in the era of digitalization.” At the ISR dinner on 21 June 2016, the prestigious Engelberger Award and the IERA Award will be presented.

Respectfully

Joe Gemma
IFR President

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