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Moscow, March 17, 2014 — As part of the preparation for the fifth anniversary industrial trade fair INNOPROM the international conference “New industrial environment: New industries, New vectors of development” was held. Denis Manturov, Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation, took part in the conference.
The conference “New industrial environment: New industries, New vectors of development” was held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (MINPROMTORG) and Formika Group, which has been INNOPROM’s operator since 2010. At the conference were discussed the prospects for new industries development: robotics, automation, new materials and the international cooperation in these fields. The brought-up topics will be elaborated further at INNOPROM’s business program, which theme in 2014 is “Intelligent Industry”. INNOPROM will take place in Ekaterinburg in July 9-12.
Denis Manturov, Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation, announced MINPROMTORG’s plans at INNOPROM-2014:
“We consider INNOPROM to be the main industrial trade fair in Russia. This year it will be devoted to the new industries, and this is why the Ministry is planning to realize two of our key initiatives at INNOPROM in July 2014 – the First National Industrial Award of the Russian Federation “INDUSTRIA” and the first session of the Strategic Council on Investments in New Industries by the Ministry of Industry and Trade”. The Award “INDUSTRIA” has been established to develop and promote advanced technologies in industrial manufacturing. Among the criteria for selection of participants are the innovativeness of technology, its impact on the development of other industries, eco-friendliness and proven economic benefits. The Expert Council, chaired by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, consists of Russian and international experts in the field of industrial innovation, development institutions and representatives of business media. They will select the 5 nominees and 1 winner among them. The award will be presented by the Minister on the 1st day of the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM. Another MINPROMTORG’s initiative within INNOPROM is the Strategic Council on Investments in New Industries. The Council’s tasks are to prepare proposals for federal authorities to improve the investment attractiveness of new industries, to initiate the adoption of new laws aimed at overcoming the existing problems and obstacles to the development of new industrial sectors, to approve annually the list of priorities in its activities on the basis of the priorities of Russia’s industrial policy. Council Members are the heads of Russian and international industrial companies, global investment groups, venture funds and development institutions. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation is the Chairman of the Council. The first plenary session of the Council will be held in July 10, 2014 at INNOPROM.
In the conference “New Industrial Environment” the world-known experts in the industrial field and technical innovations took part, such as:
Dr. Andreas Bauer, Head of Strategic Marketing, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Chairman of Robot Suppliers Committee by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) about the prospects of the industry development:
“Robotics is one of the most fast-growing and prospective sector of the modern economy, robots are widely used to raise production efficiency, for cost reduction and working with new materials. Today there are more than 1.3 mln units of industrial robots engaged in industrial manufacturing worldwide. The largest markets are Asia, USA, Germany and South Korea. The Russian market has high potential of implementing robotics in such sectors as automotive industry, defense sector, medicine and surgery. We anticipate the growth of robot supply in Russia by 60% by the year of 2016. On the whole, according to our forecast, robot demand in the world will grow steadily by 5% annually”.
Jong-Oh Park, Director, Robot Research Initiative, Prof, Chonnam National University, Korea, Member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) about the segment of service robots:
“Nowadays robots are widely used in automotive and defense industry, in medicine, especially surgery (for instance, micro and nano-robots), also in rehabilitation of invalids, processing, packaging and logistics of goods. Today it is highly prospective and lucrative to invest in exoskeletons. The use of robots in everyday life is increasing, as well as the demand for service robots. The Korean Government annually invests more than 200 mln USD in the research and development of robotics. I believe that presently in Russia the industrial robotics will be the top sector, as it is the basis for all the other sectors”.
Andreas Bauer in his answer to the controversial question “Do robots kill jobs?” proved that automation and robotics not only do not increase unemployment but, quite the opposite, facilitate the growth of the workforce productivity and creation of new jobs – the countries with the highest robots engagement (Germany, Japan, Korea) are among the states with the lowest level of unemployment in the world.