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President's Report by Marina Bill

As we navigate the complexities of the current economic landscape, it is imperative to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that shape the robotics industry today. 

IERA Award 2024: Realtime Robotics Awarded for Optimization Tool

The 2024 “Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation” (IERA) goes to Realtime Robotics. The US company from Boston won the prestigious prize for its fully-automatic motion planning tool for industrial robots.

World Bank Predicts 20% Economic Boost by Closing Gender Gap

Labor shortages hamper future economic growth worldwide. World Bank predicts that GDP per capita would be almost 20 percent higher on average if female employment were increased to be the same as men´s.

10 Women Shaping the Future of Robotics

IFR decided to give women in robotics more visibility and acknowledgment. This should inspire girls and young women to pursue a career in STEM subjects or robotics and will also help companies to reach gender equality and overcome shortage of staff.

U.S. Companies Invest Heavily in Robots - IFR Preliminary Results

Manufacturing companies in the United States have invested heavily in more automation: total installations of industrial robots rose by 12% and reached 44,303 units in 2023. Number one adopter is the car industry followed by the electrical and electronics sector. These are preliminary results by IFR.

Our annual studies World Robotics 2024 – Industrial Robots and Service Robots will be published on 24 September 2024. Today we started taking pre-orders for the studies. Place your order now and you will receive a complimentary copy of World Robotics 2023 straight away. On 24 September 2024 you will get access to the 2024 studies.

Member News

Joe Gemma selected as Engelberger Award Winner

Congratulations to our past IFR President - A3 announced past IFR President Joe Gemma as the winner for leadership of the 2024 Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, the world's most prestigious robotics honor.

Our latest Blogs - Introducing IFR's Women in Robotics 2024

Growing up, my fascination with automation stemmed from my father’s work in the field. Watching machines perform intricate tasks seamlessly was both captivating and inspiring. This passion for robotics has driven me to continually seek knowledge, ask questions, and embrace every opportunity to learn and grow in this profession.
As the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) at KUKA AG, it is my role to drive technological advancements and foster innovation within the robotics industry. I see my role in making the company being able to deliver on innovation, meaning creating new ideas that are successfully brought to the market. 
I studied the robotics and automation specialization based on my father recommendation. My fascination with robotics began during my early days of existence in the university, as lines of code converged into intelligence. I found myself drawn to the intersection of hardware and software—the realm where machines come alive. 

New Case Studies

Every boss wants a flexible, fast, and meticulous employee – and that’s precisely what Bastian Fest of FMO Surface found when he was introduced to KUKA’s latest collaborative robot, the LBR iisy.
With the continuing changes seen within the Covid-19 virus strains, it’s vital that any samples can be analysed as rapidly as possible. Three companies have developed the PT600 laboratory processing system for the transfer of samples
Polar Semiconductor, a renowned manufacturer of semiconductor chips for the automotive and white goods industries, based at the heart of the US automotive industry, recognized the need to optimize their production processes. 
Masterpiece of 3D perception: robotic systems recognize and move more than 100 different components at the Danish company Danfoss.
As the elderly population in Spain grows, so does the need for affective care. Caregivers and nurses play a crucial role in caring for our citizens.
Logistics, warehouses and e-commerce are incredibly important and continuously growing markets; since the volumes increase year over year, their need for automation is bigger than ever.

Next Events

21 to 24 August 2024
10 to 12 September 2024
Brøndby Hallen, Denmark
Japan Robot Week
18 to 20 September 2024
Tokyo Big Sight
CORA 2024
23 to 24 September 2024 Frankfurt, Germany
Robot Heart
9 to 12 October 2024
Milano, Italy
RobotWorld 2024
23 to 26 October 2024

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