ABB’s Åke Lindqvist appointed to top global robotics job

2008-11-25 - The biannual meeting of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Executive Board held recently in Seoul, Korea has unanimously elected Åke Lindqvist of ABB Robotics as their new President.

Commenting on the election the retiring president, Mr Stefan Müller said “The election of Åke Lindqvist (ABB North America) represents a sensible next step which also reflects the importance of the US market. I would hope to see countries such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia working together with us in the IFR in the near future, giving them representation in the only world-wide federation for industrial and service robots. In this and all their other undertakings I wish my successor, and the entire IFR Executive Board, every success.”

Thanks to Stefan
Lindqvist thanked Stefan Müller for all his tireless and successful efforts during his presidency. “I intend to follow in Stefan Müller’s footsteps by further strengthening the IFR as the most important organization for the world robotics community” commented Lindqvist. “I will continue to promote the expansion of the world robotics community and to recruit new members, especially in the emerging robot markets. Furthermore, I will continue to improve the quality of the service that the IFR offers its members. I am looking forward to a close and fruitful cooperation with our members, the robot suppliers and integrators, the national associations, and the research institutes.”

A key individual in robotics
The new IFR President is Vice President and member of ABB Robotics Products Global Management Team. He joined ABB Robotics in 1973 just after its start up. After an active role in the acquisition of Cincinnati Milacron’s Robot Division, he managed a part of the merged company from 1991 through 2005. Having held several leading international positions, and through his direct involvement in product R&D and market development, Lindqvist has been one of the key individuals developing ABB Robotics into one of the leading robotics companies in the world.
He holds a Master of Science degree from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm Sweden and an MBA in International Business Management.

Past president of RIA
In addition to his career at ABB, Åke Lindqvist has promoted the robotics industry as past President of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) in North America, where he still serves on the board of Directors and is currently Chairman of the Statistics Committee.
He is Vice Chairman of ATC (Automation Technology Council), the governing board of RIA (Robotics Industry Association), AIA (Automation Imaging Association) and MCA (Motion Control Association).

Before Lindqvist was elected President of IFR, he served as Vice President and Chairman of the IFR Robot Suppliers Group. He further supports Swedish American business relations through the Board of Directors of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.

About ABB
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

About ABB Robotics
ABB is a leading supplier of industrial robots – also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 160,000 robots worldwide.

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    Åke Lindqvist the newly elected president of the IFR
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