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Newsletter June 2015

 EUnited Robotics Newsletter - June 2015
 Chairman's Report
 Robots Out of the Cage - What Role Should EU Policy Play?
 New Study Confirms: Use of Robots Fuels Growth and Productivity
 Eurobarometer Survey: 70% of Europeans Think Robots Steal People's Jobs
 Industrial Robots Break Worldwide Sales Record
 ECHORD Plus Plus - Second Call for Proposals Now Open
 European Robotics Challenge (EuRoC)
 Save the Dates


Chairman's Report

Dear EUnited Robotics members,
Dear readers,



There have been many recent studies and publications analyzing the effects of automation and robotics on employment as well as on human-robot collaboration.  It is our inherent responsibility, as the voice of the robotics industry, to ensure that information is not distorted and facts are presented correctly.  Only then we are able to most effectively participate in social and economic progress. Therefore, this issue of the newsletter focuses mainly on EUnited Robotics activities in this regard.

As a reminder, please mark your calendar for the following dates:  our next EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly on November 26th, 2015; the EUnited General Assembly as well as the EUnited Dinner Debate on November 25th, 2015All events will be held in Brussels. 

As always, we welcome your feedback, comments, and contributions.

Enjoy the read.    

Henrik A. Schunk
Chairman of EUnited Robotics and Managing Partner of Schunk GmbH & Co. KG

EUnited Robotics Website
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Robots Out of the Cage - What Role Should EU Policy Play?

EUnited Robotics at a roundtable discussion with the European Parliament.



On April 21st, 2015, Mady Delvaux-Stehres, a member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Legal Committee, organized a roundtable meeting on human-robot collaboration, its economic implications, as well as the legal and ethical questions that need to be tackled by the society. 



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New Study Confirms: Use of Robots Fuels Growth and Productivity

EUnited Robotics position: Often cited Osborne/Frey study lacks significance.



There is a series of recent scientific publications analyzing the effects of automation on employment that come to very different conclusions. A recent independent study by Graetz and Michaels confirms that the use of robots significantly increases economic growth and labor productivity, thus contributing to the wealth of our society. An often cited study by Osborne and Frey on the contrary gives a one-sided view of the consequences of automation and thus cannot be used to interpret the effect of robots on jobs.

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See VDMA's press release: Robots secure competitiveness and jobs (pdf 109 kb)
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Eurobarometer Survey: 70% of Europeans Think Robots Steal People's Jobs

Surveys are conducted regularly by the European Commission among European citizens to get in-depth views on the public's opinion. This is the most recent survey on Autonomous Systems (published in June 2015).



Although some questions were somewhat suggestive in a way that the question itself led the person to respond in a certain direction, results show an urgency to react and start actions to improve the public perception through education and information.



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See complete survey (pdf 5380 kb)
See details of findings in specific countries
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Industrial Robots Break Worldwide Sales Record

Based on IFR's preliminary results of global statistics on industrial robots in 2014, about 225,000 units of robots were sold - an increase of 27% over 2013.



"Global demand for industrial robots in 2014 reached more than 200,000 units for the first time." said Arturo Baroncelli,  President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and Managing Director of Comau Robotics.  "Strongest drivers of the growth were the automotive industry followed by the electronics industry."

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ECHORD Plus Plus - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Deadline: June 23rd 2015, at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Portal for applicants: www.echord.eu/portal



The Second Call for Experiment Proposals and the Call for R&D Proposals for Public end-user Driven Technology Innovation (PDTI) in the Healthcare Scenario are open.

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European Robotics Challenge (EuRoC)

EUnited Robotics contributing to the review process of EuRoC.
Out of 102 teams, which initially participated in the simulation contest, 15 have advanced to Stage II.



EuRoC is a 4-year program supported by the European Commission for the purpose of developing competitive solutions to keep the European manufacturing industry’s global leadership in products and services.

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Save the Dates
> 25 November 2015 - EUnited General Assembly and EUnited Competitiveness Review Dinner Debate, Brussels  
> 26 November 2015 - the annual EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly, Brussels
> 23 - 29 November 2015 - European Robotics Week (Robotics events for the general public all around Europe)
> 21 - 23 March 2016 - European Robotics Forum, Ljubljana, Slovenia
> 21 - 24 June 2016 - AUTOMATICA, Munich, Germany


Have your say in shaping the future of your industry by becoming a member. 

Contact:  robotics@eu-nited.net





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EUnited Robotics
European Robotics Association
Chairman: Henrik A. Schunk (SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG)
Director: Patrick Schwarzkopf

Sector group of EUnited aisbl -
European Engineering Industries Association
President: Markus Asch (Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG)
Executive Director: Lionel Platteuw

Diamant Building
Boulevard A. Reyers 80
B-1030 Brussels, Belgium
Phone (+32 2) 706-8222, Fax (+32 2) 706-8223
E-Mail robotics@eu-nited.net
www.eu-nited.net/robotics


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