The trade association VDMA Robotik + Automation predicts sales growth of 37 percent to approx. 10.3 billion euros in 2011 for the industry. This would be a new record. Growth is also expected in 2012. In September in "World Robotics 2011 - Industry Robots", the Statistical Department of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) announced a strong increase in robot sales of 18 percent in 2011 and predicted a continued average annual increase of six percent until 2014. This upward trend is also reflected in the registration figures for Automatica, International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics. The number of exhibition halls was recently increased from four to five.
Automatica has become established as an innovation platform of the automation industry after four events. The organizers claim that the number of current registrations for Automatica 2012, which will take place on the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 22 to 25 May 2012, is higher than the figures for the previous fair (708).