Robotics, Automation & Business News Index: 2019

Robotics | Automation | Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Advanced Manufacturing | 3D Printing

Welcome to 2019

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Asia: Overview by Region

The Asian Century & The Xi Effect
Asia’s Rendezvous with the Future Is Arriving Fast
The world’s showcase and continent-wide laboratory for robot-driven automation in this The Fourth Industrial Revolution

East Asia Bears Watching
Something very big is going on here: Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo

Southeast Asia: The Bounty & Promise of ASEAN
Food, consumers and industry in exchange for investment and automation technology

China’s Big Push: Xi, Robots and Productivity
Leap to manufacturing economy based on invention and technology demands increased productivity

Emperor of All Robots Put to the Test
Saving Japan from itself with robotics: Competition and productivity 
for a shrinking workforce

Korea Awakens, Reacts…and Accelerates
Economic urgency spurs demand for advanced manufacturing robots

Crunch Time for Taiwan: Robotics and Automation
Aware of its limitations and very tardy, Taiwan hurries to catch up with East Asia

Robots for India: Industry’s Troubling Headwinds
Robots, automation, Gandhi and “premature de-industrialization.”

January 2019

Japan Lags at Deploying Service Robots
Projected as a $35 billion industry by 2022, Japan is not keeping up with professional service robots

Why China Can’t Stop Spending Multi-Billions of Dollars on Robots, Cobots, Grippers, Robot Parts, and AVGs
Guarantees on $73 billion more in loans—while SMEs pick up $9.7 billion in government subsidies—to hurry automation through 2022

Robot Automation and the East Asian Workforce
Manufacturing technology is a “resource-liberating force” that will create abundance in new tech skills, good jobs at fair wages, and a life with promise

Reinventing the Robot: A Job Only AI Can Do?
Everything about an industrial robot has changed since Unimate (1961), except the robot. Isn’t it about time something was done about the “except”?

Round Two: Robot Disruption vs. Human Resolve
The message coming across loud and clear is that Round Two begins here and now…and that we’re all in it together…or else!

Littler Global: Employment Law Updates Worldwide
Advising Fortune Global 500, medium- and smaller-sized companies on the full array of labor and employment issues

Making CES 2020 Better Than CES 2019
Why not “smart” events? AI and digital disruption could profoundly change the $650 billion global event industry from the inside out

Chinese Exhibitors Down by 20% at CES2019, But…
Even when shaved by 20%, China’s presence at CES 2019 is still crazily massive; and the body of work on display in Las Vegas, like UBTECH’s humanoid robot, is equally remarkable

Forget 2019! Let’s Strap in for 2020
Don’t look now, but the “Roaring Twenties” for robots and automation may be rolling in early, especially in Asia

February 2019

New-Age Asian Service Robots Meet the Public
$37 billion global sales, growing on average 21% a year, between 2019 and 2021

Click & Mortar—Robots Working Chinese Restaurant Industry
Can “machine people” 机器人 save China’s restaurant industry from severe labor shortages and high turnover?

Bypassing the Straits of Malacca
Kra Canal Project: Often proposed, never attempted, the $32B project has now taken on special meaning. Mega-boom for automation and robotics.

Is Thailand Next to Go Digital? Sure Looks That Way
Investment, infrastructure, new-tech automation, and digital living converge in the Land of Sanuk

The Gripper Chronicles
Grippers Chasing Cobots to Fame & Fortune
With cobot marketplace forecast at $9.2B by 2025, every cobot will demand a “skillful” gripper

Isn’t Global Robotics 2020 Already Here?
Industrial robot sales and deployments, AI/robot convergence, the Asian GDP forecast, and a look at a big year ahead for cobots in China

March 2019

Is There a Dark Side to China’s Robot Gold Rush?
Is greed and corruption stalking the great race to automate?

A Robot’s Guide to Southeast Asia
Land of Plenty for Robots & Cobots

Part Two of a Two-part Article
Thailand’s Massive Reach for the Future
The Corridor: 5,000 square miles where robots and automation systems will rule
a digital landscape

Part One of a Two-part Article
Thai Robotics & The Godfather’s Backstory
Thai robotics comes of age and the man who made it happen

Observations from Southeast Asia
For robot tech producers, unprecedented opportunities await in Thailand as well as Malaysia

Asian Hands Still Make My Clothes
Robots are two decades off from stitching their way into my wardrobe. Then what?

How to Sell Cobots in Thailand
Far away from the banners and booths, a cobot bonanza awaits

June 2019

Part Two of a Two-Part Article on Southeast Asia’s Brightest Futures
The Three Sisters’ Greatest Automation Asset: Confidence
Buoyed by rising confidence, SMEs in Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand are poised to accelerate transformation via automation beginning in 2020


May 2019

Part One of a Two-Part Article
The Three Sisters: Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand
Avoid the middle-income trap, max out productivity, prepare citizenry for transformation…or else!

The Emma Coalition: Spreading Ideas That Matter
The Emma Coalition is decidedly fresh air for a world grown bone weary from chasing AI demons around their workplaces

The Gripper Chronicles
Research Shows Need for Smart Grippers to Skyrocket
Need for smart grippers is announcing itself as end users employ cobots in an ever-expanding diversity of jobs

The Future of Cobots in EuropeCobots (podcast): Progress, Potential and Overcoming Challenges for Adoption

The Cobot Guys from Genoa
The Cobotics World Catalog & Database of Cobots and Grippers

Cobot To-Do List: Cheaper to Buy, Easier to Use
The $6,500 cobot and cobots “mimicking humans” have arrived

Jibo, Kuri, Cozmo: Is This a Trend?
Is Something Stalking Social Robots? Maybe AI, NLP and Alexa?

April 2019

When Automation Goes to Sea, Things Happen
Lessons learned about automation from the low-tech shipping container

Automation of Jobs & Managing Employee Morale
How employers can preserve employee morale by proactively explaining the benefits of automation

Gripper Titan, Robotiq, Debuts New Products and New Plans for Growth
Robotiq gears up for major market expansion with two, brand-new vacuum grippers, and a first-ever sanding kit; following a trio of adaptive grippers introduced last year…plus $23 million in VC investments!

Intelligent Gripper for Demanding & Diverse Handling
Sturdy SCHUNK EGI well-suited for electronics, pharmaceutical and laboratory applications

Asian Future: Industrial Robots Meet Wright’s Law
Are industrial robots looking at a sudden cost decline? It could be good news for everyone, including robot manufacturers

Darwin Comes to Chicago: Automate/ProMat 2019
Upgrading the attendee experience: Should Automate and ProMat be a single organism?

Automate/ProMat 2025…Ooops!
If you can’t make it to Automate/ProMat 2025 in Shanghai this month, then check out Geek+ in Chicago at ProMat: The future of warehousing

Around Asia: Interesting Robot Innovation on the Grow
Robot trials, tryouts and auditions going on seemingly everywhere at once

June 2019



July 2019

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