Enric Forner: “Global Robot Expo consolidates Madrid as a clear benchmark in the robotics and technology sector”
- The Crystal Pavilion at the Casa de Campo hosts this exhibition, open on 2, 3 and 4 February
- Guests at the inauguration included Masahi Mizukami, Ambassador of Japan in Spain; Daniel T. Crocker, Trade Delegate at the US Embassy; Javier Ruiz, Deputy Regional Minister for Economy and Innovation from the Government of Madrid; Teresa Palahí, Secretary General of Fundación ONCE, and Jesús García Tello from Red.es
- Over three days, Global Robot Expo will become a business and investment forum offering exhibitions of the industry’s most advanced robots and drones.
Madrid, 2 February 2017.- From today and until Saturday 4 February, the Crystal Pavilion at the Casa de Campo in Madrid will host the second edition of Global Robot Expo, the international exhibition of robotics and associated technologies. For the second year running, the event will bring together global experts in cutting-edge sector technologies, in collaboration with major businesses such as Altran, Fundación ONCE, Philips Lighting, Tharsus Group Ferrovial and Accenture, who are also event sponsors.
The official inauguration ceremony of #GREX17 was held on Thursday at the Factoría del Futuro with guests including Masahi Mizukami, Ambassador of Japan in Spain; Daniel T. Crocker, Trade Delegate at the US Embassy; Javier Ruiz, Deputy Regional Minister for Economy and Innovation from the Government of Madrid; Teresa Palahí, Secretary General of Fundación ONCE, and Jesús García Tello from Red.es.
During the inauguration, the Ambassador of Japan Masahi Mizukami stressed “the importance the Government of Japan places in promoting a ‘Robotic revolution’ by using robots in most scenarios of daily life”. Mizukami emphasised care robotics and highlighted that “it will contribute to making the lives of the disabled easier, and will enable the elderly to be more independent and enjoy a greater quality of life”.
Along these lines, the Secretary General of Fundación ONCE Teresa Palahí assessed the commitment of her organisation to robotics as, “essential, on the one hand, to making this type of technology accessible to everyone and, on the other, for it to become a fundamental tool for removing the physical and communication barriers that are still frequent in society”.
Enric Forner, CEO of Global Robot Expo, stressed that a trade fair of these characteristics not only consolidates Madrid as a “clear benchmark” in the robotics sector and among its professionals, but also makes it a showcase for the world. “It is a major opportunity to create synergies, share learning and inspire new business models”, he said.
On the first day of the event the international expert conferences focused on industrial and professional robotics. Arturo Baronceli de Comau explained new concepts that foster developing cooperative robotics that require a high payload, broad scope and high productivity. Jonathan Evans, an expert in drones from the Global UTM Association (GUTMA), offered a particularly relevant lecture on the business impact of unmanned aircraft systems traffic management.
Dave Swan, Technical Director of British robotics company Tharsus Group, also addressed energy spending during the first day of the event, sharing how to avoid wasting energy by creating collaborative networks.
During the afternoon session, Rich Walker from Shadow Robot Company will give a conference on next generation dexterous grasping and manipulation for future service robots. The day will end with a Business Forum on investment in robotics.
Friday and Saturday at #GREX
Therapeutic and healthcare robotics will have a significant space at this second edition of the Global Robot Expo; an area sponsored by Fundación ONCE. It will feature the world’s most flexible and powerful exoskeletons, represented by leading care and rehabilitation robotic companies including: Technaid, Gogoa, Japanese firm Cyberdyne, Aura Innovative Robotics or Marsi-Bionics from Spain.
Consumer robotics will have its space at the fair by recreating a Smart Home; a home of the future where you can meet robots such as iJINI (by Korean company InnoplayLab), DUMMY, who works as a housekeeper, and furniture controlled by apps developed by FAMA; live demonstrations on how to print and restore large-scale furniture for the home by WASP, a window cleaning robot by SMARTTEK, an independent robot vacuum by ECOVACS, or the latest developments in lighting by Philips.
Global Robot Expo will also be a space for learning with a technology classroom created using the most innovative teaching proposals. Saturday is kid’s day, with workshops to get kids started in robotics.
The event will be open to the general public on Saturday with activities such as the Madrid Drone Film Festival, drone competitions, The Challenge launched by Ferrovial, and a visit by WRO, the world’s largest robotics association.
For more information:
Global Robot Expo Trescom Comunicación
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