The Impact of Robots on Jobs, Small Businesses

Feb. 26, 2013
IFR CEO Round Table Discussion Reviews Industry Growth in Various Manufacturing Industries

Last month at Automate 2013 in Chicago, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) hosted its IFR CEO Round Table discussion where participants reviewed industry growth. John Dulchinos, IFR executive board member, and president and CEO for Adept Technology presented highlights of latest industry research on the impact of robots on employment in various manufacturing industries including automotive, electrical & electronics, food & beverage, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, rubber & plastics, metalworking and foundries. In 2011, robot sales grew 35%, making it the most successful year in 50 years. In this article, Editor Bill Lydon highlights key findings in the discussion that include why businesses should adopt robotics for production, and how they create jobs and enable small companies to compete worldwide.

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