Robotic Industries Association Welcomes First China-Based Member, SIASUN Robot & Automation Co. Ltd.

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group in North America, announced today that SIASUN Robot & Automation Co. Ltd., China’s largest robot supplier and integrator, has joined RIA as its first Chinese member. Understanding the huge market opportunity of industrial robots, China has fully embraced the power of automation and sees robotics and automation as strategic areas for growth. As part of the RIA network, SIASUN will gain connections to members, potential partners and staff; learn about new technologies; and have access to support in North America.

According to a 2015 report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), by 2018 China is expected to almost triple its sales of robots. And, by 2019, the IFR predicts that more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world – with China pushing hard to be one of the top providers.

“We sought out a membership with RIA because we recognized that if we are to expand in North America and other countries, it’s important to have a relationship with an organization that can offer the support and connections we need to achieve our growth goals,” said Dr. Daokui Qu, CEO and Founder of SIASUN.

RIA represents global leaders in robotics and related automation technologies, while playing a visible role in educating the public and promoting the benefits of automating. The organization also publishes robot safety standards and raises supplier quality with programs such as the system integrator certification. With its unique vantage point, RIA conducts industry research and analysis that enables member companies to understand the latest robotics industry trends and opportunities. RIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which, along with its sister organizations Advancing Vision + Imaging (AIA) and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), represents over 1,000 companies in the automation industry worldwide.

“We fully appreciate the powerful role Chinese automation users and manufacturers play in the worldwide market,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. “That’s why we held our first-ever US-China robotics forum at our Automate event in April. As our initial Chinese member, SIASUN is showing other robotics companies how much they can benefit from the connections and support RIA offers. We’re looking forward to having them join our many other international members as we continue to expand RIA and A3 around the world.”

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Patrick Egan

Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).