Automate 2015 - Yaskawa Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary in 2015

Yaskawa started in 1915 as a producer of coal mining equipment by Daigoro Yasukawa, known today as the founder.

Dayton, OH — Yaskawa Electric Corporation (Yaskawa) headquartered in Kitakyushu, Japan, will commemorate their 100th anniversary during 2015 across all global locations in 28 countries. In addition to the centenary celebration, Yaskawa will renew its corporate logo and identity as a symbol of evolution and future growth.

Yaskawa started in 1915 as a producer of coal mining equipment by Daigoro Yasukawa, known today as the founder. During the 20th century, Yaskawa developed technology innovations such as the super synchronous motor, minertia motor and Motoman L10 robot. Today, Yaskawa is a leader in developing and manufacturing robotics and automation solutions, with approximately $3 billion in annual revenue and over 14,000 global employees.

"Celebrating our 100-year anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the values that have made us successful," stated Junji Tsuda, representative director, chairman and president of Yaskawa. "Our ability to develop products that help society progress will ensure a prosperous future for Yaskawa and our customers."

Yaskawa America, Inc. (Yaskawa America), a subsidiary overseeing operations in North and South America, is comprised of the Drives & Motion Division and Motoman Robotics Division.

"For any organization, company or brand, the ability to stay relevant and provide value to customers for a century is an extraordinary accomplishment," stated Jason Farmer, director of marketing for Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division. "For Yaskawa, we feel fortunate to provide products and solutions that help advance society and alleviate people from jobs that are dirty, dangerous or dull."

"We are a very customer-centric organization," said Dennis Fitzgerald, vice president of customer satisfaction for Yaskawa America, Drives & Motion Division. "We have and will continue to invest in people, products and technology that prioritize customers, and their satisfaction, to the highest level."

Yaskawa America will begin to celebrate their 100-year anniversary and the launch of Yaskawas new corporate logo during Automate 2015, a leading automation and robotics show in Chicagos McCormick Place from March 23 - 26.

About Yaskawa Electric Corporation
Yaskawa Electric located in Kitakyushu, Japan is a world-leading provider of core technologies focused on motion control, robotics, and system engineering. Founded in 1915, Yaskawa Electric has provided exceptional customer experiences for 100 years. Focusing on mechatronic solutions, it has shipped over 20 million AC drives, 13 million servo drives and 300,000 robots worldwide.

About Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 300,000 Motoman robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding.

About Yaskawa America, Drives & Motion Division
Founded in 1967, the Drives & Motion Division provides industrial control and automation products to markets in the Americas. North American-based operations include R&D, design and product engineering and two assembly plants producing inverters, servo motors and custom industrial panels. Yaskawa is the worlds largest manufacturer of AC drives and motion control products, including adjustable frequency drives, servo amplifiers, servomotors, machine controllers and motion controllers. Drives and servo systems are applicable to a wide variety of automation tasks in a wide variety of industries. With every new generation of design, products are given more features, more flexibility and more adaptability to more applications.

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