The International Federation of Robotics (IFR)

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5th May 2022
Robots helping reach UN goals of sustainable development

The use of robots plays an important role in reaching the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations (17 SDGs).

6th August 2020
High demand for robotics skills in post-COVID recovery

By 2022, an operational stock of almost four million industrial robots are expected to work in factories worldwide. These robots will play a vital role in automating production to speed up the post-coronavirus economy. At the same time, robots are driving demand for robotics skills. Educational systems must effectively adjust to this demand, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

8th June 2020
How nations invest in robotics research

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the important contribution that robots make to industry and to society. Robotics research funding programs (R&D) are vital to enable and further support these developments. IFR summarised national funding programs in the new ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’.

8th April 2020
International Federation of Robotics elects new President

The Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has elected Milton Guerry (pictured) of SCHUNK USA as the new President. Klaus Koenig of KUKA Robotics has been appointed as IFR´s new Vice President.

2nd April 2020
Robots help to fight coronavirus worldwide

Robots play an important role in fighting the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 around the globe. Disinfection robot UVD for example has been in high demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese hospitals have ordered more than 2,000 UVD robots by Danish manufacturer Blue Ocean Robotics.

12th December 2019
US-China trade conflict hits industrial robot demand

The World Robotics report presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has shown a new record stock of about 300,000 operational industrial robots in the Republic of Korea in 2018 (+10%). Within five years, the country has doubled its number of industrial robots. 

11th November 2019
Industrial robot growth soars in India

Sales of industrial robots in India reached a new record of 4,771 new units installed in 2018. That represents an increase of 39% compared to the previous year (3,412 units). India now ranks 11th worldwide in terms of annual installations. These are the findings of the report World Robotics 2019, presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

24th January 2019
India’s robot sales surged by thirty percent

Sales of industrial robots in India reached a new record of 3,412 new units installed in 2017. That is an increase of 30% compared to the previous year (2016: 2,627 units). Between 2012 and 2017 India saw a compound annual sales growth rate (CAGR) of 18%. These are the initial findings of the World Robotics Report 2018, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). 

4th October 2018
How the robotics boom is changing people’s lives

Industrial robots are the crucial part of digitalisation of the manufacturing industry around the world. The new World Robotics Report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows that a record of 381.000 units have been shipped globally, up 30%. Sales value increased by 21% to a new peak of $16.2bn. At the same time total number of professional service robots sold rose by 85%.

13th July 2018
The International IERA Award has three new winners

  The 14th International IERA Award for Robotics and Automation has three winners on the top of the podium this year:

10th July 2018
Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award received

The General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics, Gudrun Litzenberger, has received the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award. The jury honoured her achievements in robotics with the important industry award in the 'Leadership' category. 

21st June 2018
Industrial robot sales increase worldwide by 29%

Global sales of industrial robots reached the new record of 380,550 units in 2017, an increase of 29% from the previous year with China seeing the largest growth in demand for industrial robots, up 58%, while sales in the US increased by six percent and in Germany eight percent. These are the initial findings of the World Robotics Report 2018, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) at automatica 2018 in Munich.

8th February 2018
Robot density rapidly increases across the globe

  The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.

29th November 2017
Japan provides over half of the world's robots

Japan is the world's predominant industrial robot manufacturer. The production capacity of the Japanese suppliers has reached 153,000 units in 2016 - the highest level ever recorded. Japan's manufacturers deliver 52% of the global supply. These are results published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) ahead of the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo - 29th November to 2nd December 2017.

23rd October 2017
Robots are on the rise

  According to the latest projection from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), sales in service robots for professional use will increase 12% by the end of 2017 to a new record of $5.2bn. The long term forecast is positive too, with an expected average growth rate of 20-25% in the period 2018-2020.

3rd October 2017
Move over girls, robots run the world!

In factories across the globe, more than 1.7 million industrial robots will be installed by 2020. TThe strongest growth in the robotics industry is in Asia - lead by China as the world´s number one marketplace. This year, robot installations are estimated to increase by 21% in the Asia-Australia region. Robot supplies in the Americas will surge by 16% and in Europe by eight percent.

22nd August 2017
China's on the path to automation domination

China has rapidly become a global leader in automation. From 2018 to 2020, a sales increase between 15 and 20% on average per year is possible for industrial robots. Annual sales volume has currently reached the highest level ever recorded for a single country; within a year, sales in China surged by 27% to 87,000 units (2016). The operational stock of industrial robots marks the highest level in the world. At the same time, Chinese robot manufac...

17th May 2017
France speeds ahead as robots transform car industry

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the number of robots installed by the French car industry rose 22% to 1,400 units – compared with 700 units in the UK (an increase of seven percent). The automotive sector is one of the main driving forces modernising the French economy: with a robot density of 940 units per 10,000 workers, France currently ranks second within the European Union - the UK ranks tenth with 606 ...

9th March 2016
What impact do robots have on UK jobs?

The computerisation of manufacturing, or what is commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, is changing the way we work in the 21st century as smart technologies become increasingly integral to factory processes and supply chain automation.

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