IFR: In 2017 Russia demonstrated record demand on installation of industrial robots at production sites

April 20, 2018, Moscow. The First Industrial Robotics Workshop just wrapped up in Moscow. Its participants included more than 250 robotics experts, including representatives of the authorities, leading suppliers of robotics technologies and solutions, and CEOs and CTOs of industrial enterprises. The Workshop was organized by the Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian federation and active involvement of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).


Event participants discussed key robotics development issues and arrived at a number of conclusions.

Gudrun Litzenberger, General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics, pointed out, 
“I think that in the long-term perspective robots will be applied in all industries. Electronics, mechanical engineering, machine-tool building, and car manufacturing have already achieved dramatic improvements in production efficiency.”

Addressing popular myth and concern that the implementation of robots will eliminate some professions and result in higher unemployment, the IFR General Secretary stated,
“We need to look at the big picture. Robots will replace humans in the performance of complex tasks, for example, in hazardous conditions. I would say that the implementation of industrial robots will lead to the emergence of new professions. We currently need qualified workforce which could monitor and ensure smooth operations of automated production facilities. Moreover, as experts have repeatedly pointed out, personnel shortage is a major factor which hampers the development of the robotics market around the world, including Russia.” 


International experts and representatives of the international robotics market note that Russia holds huge potential for the development of the robotics segment and possesses all the necessary prerequisites due to its industry and infrastructure.

Still, according to the data shared by the President of Yaskawa Robotics Europe Bruno Schneckenburger, the number of robots in the Russian industry is extremely low and constitutes 3 units per 10,000 employees. In Eastern Europe, Russia is in sixth place in robot density behind the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary.
Singapore, Germany, Japan, and Sweden have the largest number of robots per capita. Korea boasts 631 robots per 10,000 employees.
With 87,000 robots implemented in 2016, China holds the top spot in the total number of robots installed per year. Korea is in second place, followed by Japan and the U.S. Germany is the most active European country in the robotics market.

International experts also point out that 2017 data showed a record leap, i.e. an 84% increase YOY in the number of industrial robots installed at Russian production sites. Nevertheless, in raw numbers the indicators are still rather low.

More details of the IFR study presented at the Workshop are available at http://www.robotunion.ru/files/Statistics_on_the_market_of_robotics.pdf

Mikhail Ivanov, Director of the Machine-Tool Building and Investment Machine Building Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said,
“We are watching the market closely and know the issues we are now facing in Russia. Transition to the service model within entire industrial sectors, automation, and Big Data that everyone is talking about - all these trends will determine further economic development. Robotization is becoming extremely important, so we launched the Industrial Digitalization program. Through the Industrial Development Fund, we will provide loans ranging from RUB20mln to RUB500mln to companies seeking to implement industrial robots in production, and I hope that this new program will prove efficient and become a key driver of large-scale implementation of robotics products and services. Moreover, we started paying special attention to relevant education and training which should also have a positive effect on the development of the Russian robotics market.”

In his presentation, the Deputy for Robotization to Director General for Development of KAMAZ PTC Ravil Khisamutdinov also pointed out,
“We need efficient technological solutions and qualified labor. Typically, we lack competent workforce at our enterprises.”

Implementation of robots at industrial facilities goes hand in hand with cybersecurity and risk assessment. At the Workshop, Andrey Suvorov of Kaspersky LAB addressed cyberthreats which accompany the implementation of industrial robots,“I would replace the term “cyberthreats” with “incidents.” KAMAZ and other industrial companies are interested in uninterrupted operations. On the one hand, Kaspersky LAB analyzes existing vulnerabilities and the causes of incidents; on the other hand, we have accumulated extensive experience in the field, so when we approach vendors (manufacturers of industrial robots and equipment), we suggest building a model of threats prior to implementing a technological solution at a production site. This approach allows for protecting the production process from the sources of incidents.”

Other Workshop participants represented the following companies: Weber Comechanics Group, ABAGY Robotic Systems, FANUC, KUKA Robotics, ABB, Universal Robots, Ural Robototechnological Center Alpha-Intech, Hamster Robotics, and Chinese robot manufacturer Zhejiang Buddha Technology.

In addition to professional discussions, the Workshop featured a demonstration area which served as the site for industrial robot presentations throughout the day.
Maxim Zverkov, the Founder of ABAGY Robotic Systems, presented the production process which utilizes robotic cell by ABAGY. The company creates autonomous robotic complexes managed by smart software and capable of performing various technological operations at production sites; ABAGY provides these complexes under the service model which stipulates that manufacturers pay only for the actual running time. 


In 2018, the International Industrial Robotics Workshop was held in Moscow for the first time. Its organizers intend to make it an annual event. Workshop participants voiced their interest in following up on the discussion and will have an opportunity to do that at the upcoming International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2018 in July. INNOPROM-2018 main theme is Digital Manufacturing.

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