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President's Report by Marina Bill

2022 certainly was a year of ups and downs. The fear about COVID-19 finally dwindled, and most parts of the world came back to normal. We also started the year with a positive outlook on the global economy.

China overtakes USA in robot density

China’s massive investment in industrial robotics has put the country in the top ranking of robot density, surpassing the United States for the first time. The number of operational industrial robots relative to the number of workers hit 322 units per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry.

Sales of Robots for the Service Sector Grew by 37% Worldwide

Sales of professional service robots rose by an impressive 37% in 2021. By region, the strongest growth came from Europe with a market share of 38% followed by North America with 32% and Asia with 30%. At the same time, sales of new consumer service robots grew by 9%.

“All-Time High” with Half a Million Robots Installed in one Year

The new World Robotics report shows an all-time high of 517,385 new industrial robots installed in 2021 around the world. This represents a growth rate of 31% year-on-year and exceeds the pre-pandemic record of robot installation in 2018 by 22%.

The Bloomberg Money Minute – Service Robot Sales

Listen to the Interview with Marina Bill, IFR President, by Lisa Mateo from Bloomberg Radio. © 2022 Bloomberg L.P. All rights reserved. Used with permission. 

ISR Europe and Americas 2023 - Call for Papers

In 2023, two ISRs are scheduled on different continents. The ISR Americas will take place during the Automate show in May in Detroit, and the ISR Europe end of September in Stuttgart. First details have been published.

IERA Award 2023 - apply now!

IFR and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) are looking for applicants for the next IERA Award presentation. In 2023 the event will be hosted during the ICRA conference from May 29 to June 2, 2023 in London, UK.

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The increasingly important role of robots in rehabilitation

A rehabilitation robot is a service robot for professional use that provides physical and information-related assistance during therapy sessions to rehabilitate sensorimotor deficits after damage to the central nervous system (CNS).

The service robotics market is opening up completely new opportunities

Already for the third and obviously not the last time, we wrote the preface of “World Robotics Service Robots” under the influence of the pandemic (not to forget other global challenges, of course).

A Closer Look at Robotic Application in the Painting Industry

The growing number of robots in mass production is part of a decades-long success story in relieving people from the burden of repetitive, ergonomically difficult, physically demanding and even dangerous work.


Robots enable companies to meet economic challenges

Robotics as a technology is making a fundamental contribution towards supporting industries and business to immunise their core production processes against the outcomes of each global crisis.

New Case Studies

Katcon maximizes operational efficiency and flexibility with ABB’s FlexArc

An automotive parts supplier harnesses the flexibility of ABB’s robotic welding cells to respond faster to end customer demands while maintaining cost efficiency.

Emerson uses space-saving automation through collaborative FANUC robot
As a leading manufacturer of press tools for building sanitary technology, Emerson Professional Tools AG must manufacture reliably and with process stability.
HERMA Success Story - More momentum in roll transport thanks to AGVs
In HERMA's halls, huge rolls of paper are transported and transferred without interruption, fully automatically and with maximum precision.

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