We are in the middle of one of the most exciting times in the history of Robotics and the automation industry. We continue to see explosive growth with 2015 topping 2014 by 15% and establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide.
We are in the middle of one of the most exciting times in the history of Robotics and the automation industry. We continue to see explosive growth with 2015 topping 2014 by 15% and establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide. With the technology advances and industry innovations, Robotics has become more mainstream in small and medium size manufacturers which is allowing them to compete in broader markets. Additionally, human collaboration with Robotics continues to make advancement in traditional markets as well as developing new applications for automation solutions.
Many of the recent breakthroughs in technology were on display at the iREX Show in early December in Tokyo, Japan. The iREX Show enjoyed record attendance with over 120,000 visitors.
With this excitement and growth in the Robotics industry, the IFR is also expanding with some additional associations and manufacturers joining this year. The most recent addition is the newly formed RAR from Russia. We welcome them as well as the other new members joining in 2015.
Sadly, we say goodbye to one of the true giants of our industry. Mr. Joseph Engelberger, the “Father of Robotics,” passed away on December 1, 2015. The industry honors his contributions by awarding the prestigious Joe Engelberger Award each year recognizing other industry contributors that emulate his creativity and leadership. His vision and life’s work will continue to inspire many generations to come.
2016 looks to continue the energy and excitement with multiple events that will have IFR or IFR member associations participation.
Major events in 2016
- Automatica 2016 (21-24 June 2016), Munich
- IFR CEO Round Table at Automatica, 22 June 2016
- ISR 2016 - Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! (21-22 June 2016)
- Joseph Engelberger Award 2016 (21 June 2016)
- IERA Award 2016 (21 June 2016)
- CIROS 2016 (6-9 July 2016), Shanghai
- IFR-CRIA CEO Round Table at CIROS
- INNOPROM 2016 (11-14 July 2016), Ekaterinburg
Looking forward to another record year in 2016.