FANUC named a top innovator by Forbes

FANUC Corporation has been named the 26th most innovative company in the world

Rochester Hills, MI-FANUC Corporation, called the world's most diversified manufacturer of robots, CNCs and Robomachines, has been named the 26th most innovative company in the world, and the sixth top-ranked innovator in Asia by Forbes. This is the third consecutive year Forbes has named FANUC a top global innovator.


Forbes 2013 "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list recognizes the world's leading-edge corporations that are most likely to be innovative now and in the future.

This recently released list by Forbes is based on a study completed by professors and advisors in which they determined that calculating a company's value plus anticipated growth fueled by new technology and products will identify the most innovative companies.

A key factor used in compiling this list was each company's commitment to R&D. Embedded in each of these companies is a code for innovation discernible in their people, processes and philosophies that drive them to keep innovation alive year after year. The end result is that innovation will create demand for their products now and in the future.

FANUC Corporation, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, has, since its inception in 1956, contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of CNC equipment. FANUC technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines.

The FANUC America Corporation provides the most complete range of industry-leading industrial automation equipment including robots, CNC and motion control systems. FANUC's innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

FANUC America is headquartered in Rochester Hills, MI, and is a subsidiary of FANUC Corporation in Japan. FANUC America has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Lake Forest, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Minneapolis; Pine Brook, NJ; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Aguascalientes and Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

For more information about FANUC America Corporation call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287), contact via e-mail at marketing@fanucamerica.com, or visit www.fanucamerica.com.

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