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Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units.

Dear Reader,

Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units. This is almost twice as much as the sales volume in 2014. The main driver of this development is the global competition of industrial production. Within this context, the rapid automation in China represents a unique development in the history of robotics. The number of industrial robots sold increased by 56 percent alone last year in comparison to 2013. China is the largest and fastest growing robotics market in the world. The potential remains enormous despite the recent economic downturn. By 2018, more than one-in-three of the global supply of industrial robots will be installed in the Republic of China. In July, the Chinese robot exhibition CIROS 2015 demonstrated the increasing strength of Chinese robot suppliers. But also international robot suppliers have set up more production facilities, and have expand their service platform in China.

Breathtaking advancements and innovative technological developments in industrial manufacturing will guarantee a continued substantial increase of robot installations, not only in China. One of these innovations is the human-robot collaboration. It will have a breakthrough in the coming years. The vision is that industrial robots support workers in a variety of tasks, improve manufacturing quality and processes, and increase productivity. They can also assist an aging workforce, e.g. in physically demanding tasks. This enables people to keep their jobs and remain in the workforce. It will also take some pressure off the negative effects of demographic shifts.

The International Symposium on Robotics, the ISR 2016, from 21-22 June 2016 at the Automatica in Munich will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about technological innovations in the robotics industry. The topic of the symposium will be: Robotics in the area of digitalization. The Call for Papers has just been published.

From 2-5 December, we will meet at the iREX 2015 in Tokyo. The theme is “RT - Making a Future with Robots”, symbolizing the hope that robot technology will advance in leaps & bounds and play a major role in our future. During the exhibit, robot technology and products from both Japan and countries across the globe will be on display and will be a place which offers even more technical interaction and business discussions.

Best regards

Arturo Baroncelli
IFR President

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