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President's Report by Marina Bill

The year 2024 has started with great visibility for IFR, with coverage by Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, Handelsblatt, FAZ, AFP and Le Monde, among others.

AI-equipped Robots Help Logistics Industry to Fight Labor Shortages

As demand has been skyrocketing, companies have already heavily invested in robotics and automation: sales of professional service robots for the transportation of goods or cargo grew by 44% year-on-year (2021-2022). 

Top 5 Robot Trends 2024

The stock of operational robots around the globe hit a new record of about 3.9 million units. This demand is driven by a number of exciting technological innovations.

Global Robotics Race: Korea, Singapore and Germany in the Lead

Driven by the high volume of industrial robot installations, the world hit a new record of 3.9 million operational robots in 2022. The top most automated countries measured by robot density are: The Republic of Korea (1,012 robots per 10,000 employees), Singapore (730 units) and Germany (415 units).

Next Generation Skills

IFR updated its position paper on skills needed by the next generation to qualify for the new robotic jobs. As the world continues to face mounting labor shortages, robotics has emerged to address this challenge.

IFR @ Automate show

Meet the IFR staff and members at North America's largest robotics and automation event. This is the place for anyone looking for automation solutions.

ISR Americas 2024 - register now!

In 2024 the ISR Americas takes place during the Automate show in May in Chicago. Registration opened and offers early bird rates until 9 April.

Member News

Dr. Jin-Oh Kim elected as new President of KAR

Dr. Jin-Oh Kim, Founder and CEO of “Robots and Design Co., Ltd.” in South Korea, was appointed as the 11th president of the Korea Association of Robot Industry(KAR) on February 28, 2024.

Our latest Blogs

To fully understand the inherent value of medical robotics, one must first understand the fundamental challenges within most of the world’s health care systems. 
We’re in the midst of a decade of unprecedented transformation, driven in part by the global pandemic and geopolitical events which are fundamentally changing the way we manufacture and deliver goods.
Sustainability, encompassing social, economic, and environmental aspects, has become a prominent topic in today's discussion.

New Case Studies

ABAGY has retrofitted a robotic cell for Schenck Process, one of the global leaders in applied measuring and process technology and has installed machine vision and other hardware.
Employees of Yokoyama now do not have to perform strenuous, repetitive work on the machine. They no longer need to be stationed at the machine for hours, but they are able to focus on higher-value duties. 
Order picking has been automated with ABB robots at Heemskerk’s processing facility, reducing the amount of time that fresh food spends in the supply chain, which has ex-tended shelf life and minimized waste. 

New Members

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29 May 2024
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30 to 31 May 2024
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Automation UK
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