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President's Report by Marina Bill

It is a great honor for me to address you for the first time in this quarterly newsletter as the new - and first female - President of the IFR. With two robotic shows in June, I would like to highlight key trends presented to th robotics community.

World Robotics 2022 will be published

The International Federation of Robotics IFR will present the sales figures of industrial and service robots of 2021 on 13 October 2022 in Frankfurt during their annual press conference. These figures will cover the global market. 

China: Robot installations grew by 44 percent

The industrial robotics market in China achieved strong growth with a new record of 243,300 installations in 2021 – a rise of 44% compared to the previous year. These preliminary data have been published by IFR. 

Robot sales surge in Europe, Asia and the Americas

Sales of industrial robots have reached a strong recovery: A new record of 486,800 units were shipped globally – an increase of 27% compared to the previous year. Asia/Australia were up 33%, the Americas increased by 27%, Europe grew by 15%. These preliminary results for 2021 have been published by IFR. 

IFR elects Marina Bill as new President

The Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has elected Marina Bill of ABB as its new President. Kenji Yamaguchi of FANUC appointed as IFR´s new Vice President. 

Silicon Valley Pioneer “Drishti” wins IERA Award

This year’s “Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation” (IERA) goes to Drishti, a video analytics company based in Mountain View, California. Drishti technology supports workers on assembly lines to avoid errors and be more productive. To achieve this, the company has developed the pioneering technology “action recognition”. 

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Roboethics keeps humans at the center

Are humans still at the center of innovation? This question is at the heart of the debate on roboethics, a topic that SIRI identifies as fundamental to the future development of robotics. 

New Case Studies

YuMi delivers quality and safety to cardiac surgery equipment

With YuMi, Sintech has automated the cleanroom process to assemble and test the "stem", a component of blood separation centrifuges manufactured by LivaNova.

SCHOTT AG automates quality inspection with OnRobot
Even back then, Otto Schott was considered a pioneer in the science of glass, and SCHOTT AG, the company he founded, continues to break new technological ground today. 
ABB robot creating sustainable furniture
From waste to furniture - with an innovative adaption an ABB robot is making designer furniture from what would otherwise be waste material. 

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