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Newsletter September 2016

 EUnited Robotics Newsletter - September 2016
 Chairman's Report
 World Robotics 2016 - Industrial Robots
 European Parliament’s report a potential setback to robotics
 AUTOMATICA 2016 Final Report
 EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly: Taking a closer look into machine learning
 Save the Dates


Chairman's Report

Dear EUnited Robotics Members,
Dear Readers,



Every year, the beginning of fall marks the release of the annual study "World Robotics", published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). According to the latest forecast published on September 29th, in the period 2016-2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world. Again, 2015 showed the highest volume of worldwide industrial robot sales recorded: an increase of 15% to 253,748 units. Asia is still the world's strongest growth market with China in the lead. Europe is the second largest market with a 10% increase to 50,100 units, with Germany topping the list.  These are extraordinary results.

Stay tuned for World Robotics 2015 - Service Robots, which will be published in mid-October.

Policymakers in Brussels have started their activities after the summer break.  Topics currently under discussion can greatly impact the robotics sector, i.e. legal and liability issues in robotics and the free flow of data.  EUnited Robotics has already started voicing its concern by participating in various EU meetings and providing necessary feedback.

I am happy to announce that Stäubli is the newest member of EUnited Robotics. We welcome Stäubli's contributions and look forward to a close cooperation.

I also look forward to seeing EUnited Robotics members and invited guests at our annual members assembly on December 8th, in Brussels. Please keep in mind that the EUnited Dinner Debate takes place on the evening prior to our members Assembly, December 7th, at the Bibliotheque Solvay, in Brussels. All members of EUnited aisbl are invited to attend.

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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World Robotics 2016 - Industrial Robots

Europe forging ahead towards automation but China making up ground. 
By the end of 2016, the number of newly installed robots worldwide will have increased by 14% to 290,000 units.
For 2017 to 2019, continued growth averaging at least 13% per year is forecasted (CAGR).



By 2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world - that's the latest forecast from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In the race for automation in manufacturing, Europe is currently one of the global frontrunners: 65 percent of countries with an above-average number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees, are located in the EU.

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European Parliament’s report a potential setback to robotics

"...The suggested regulatory framework implies a high level of bureaucracy lacking in practical relevance hence potentially thwarting the social and economic benefits of robotics”, stated Patrick Schwarzkopf, Director of EUnited Robotics.



The draft report of the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs was published on May 31, 2016, with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics. Besides aiming to regulate and oversee every aspect of robotics research, design process, engineering, audit controls, etc., emphasis is placed on a European standardisation for safety of robots in order to avoid discrepancies between Member States and fragmentation of the European Union internal market.

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AUTOMATICA 2016 Final Report

-Sensational visitor growth: plus 30 percent
-Record participation from foreign countries     
-Main topics: Digitalization, Workplace 4.0 and Service Robotics




AUTOMATICA 2016 (June 21 to 24) exceeded all expectations: around 45,000 visitors (+30 percent) and 839 exhibitors from 47 countries (+16 percent). One-third of the visitors came from foreign countries. Managing Director Falk Senger: "AUTOMATICA has reached a new dimension. It showed the future of production with deep insights into the possibilities of digitalization, human-robot collaboration and professional service robotics.”

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EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly: Taking a closer look into machine learning

On December 8, 2016, EUnited Robotics members and invited guests will gather to discuss current issues of the robotics industry and elect the new board for the next three years.



Topics to be discussed will be: the status of Commissioner Oettinger's "Digitising European Industry" initiative, EC's consultation on the data economy with special regard to access and transfer of data, as well as liability issues for robotics and the mentioned draft report by the European Parliament's Legal Committee tackling civil law rules of robotics.
A special focus will be given to machine learning. After a short introductory presentation, we will take a closer look at where our sector stands and how this will impact our business models in the future.
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Save the Dates
 
> 7 December 2016, 19:00-22:30 - EUnited aisbl Competitiveness Review Dinner Debate, at Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium

> 8 December 2016, 8:45-12:45 - EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly, Brussels, Belgium

> 7-8 March 2017, European Robotics Summit, at the Eberbach Monastery (close to Frankfurt, Germany)


Shape 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: Wilfried Eberhardt (KUKA AG)
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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