About us

YASKAWA Electric Corporation

Your First Choice for Automation

YASKAWA Electric is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the fields of drive technology, industrial automation and robotics based in Kitakyushu, Japan. Founded in 1915, we see ourselves as a pioneer in these sectors, always striving to optimise the productivity and efficiency of machines and industrial systems with our innovations.

For over 100 years now, our products and solutions have been supporting automation in a wide variety of industrial processes including mining, mechanical engineering and toolmaking, as well as the automotive, packaging, wood processing, lift, textile and semiconductor industries.

The activities of YASKAWA Electric are divided into 4 areas:
Motion Control (inverter drives, servo drives, servomotors, machine controllers), Robotics (industrial robots, service robots, robot systems), System Engineering (medium-voltage inverters, generators and converters) and Information Technology (software, information processing).


Employees worldwide

22 M.

Frequency inverters installed

12 M.

Servo drives installed


Industrial robots installed


Offices worldwide

2.0 M.

Frequency inverters produced each year

1.5 M.

Servo motors produced each year


Robots produced each year


Your business partner on the road to success

Based in Eschborn, Germany, YASKAWA Europe offers mechatronics and robotics solutions for companies throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS states. With subsidiaries in these regions and European production sites, we are within close reach of the markets’ requirements.

Since late 2012, VIPA has been part of the YASKAWA family, where it joined Drives & Motion and Robotics as a third division. The company is based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and develops and produces PLCs, I/O systems and advanced industrial HMIs.


Employees in Europe




Production sites


European product development, application support, sales, consulting, repairs, service and training


Drive Technology
Drive Technology

Drives & Motion

Frequency inverters, servo drives and machine controllers, as well as customer-specific drive and control systems from YASKAWA have been proving their value in the marketplace for years. Our experience with flexible automation solutions and expertise in numerous industries and applications makes us a qualified partner for developing system solutions.

Robotics & Plant Engineering
Robotics & Plant Engineering


YASKAWA is one of the largest manufacturers of industrial robots, with 330,000 robots installed worldwide. In addition to application-based variants such as welding, palletising, painting and handling robots, the broad range of robots includes robots designed for laboratory and clean room applications as well as top quality, turnkey automated welding systems.

Control Technology
Control Technology


For years now, VIPA has been driving innovation in the fields of PLCsand HMIs. VIPA thus rounds out the YASKAWA portfolio of central controller products and allows customers to purchase powerful systems from a single source.


The Managing Directors of YASKAWA Europe GmbH:

Manfred Stern
Manfred Stern
President & CEO Yaskawa Europe
Managing Director
Bruno J. Schnekenburger
Bruno J. Schnekenburger
President, Robotics Division
Managing Director
Norbert Gauß
Norbert Gauß
President, Drives & Motion Division
Managing Director

Company History

  • Formation of YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co.
    Formation of YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Established as a limited partnership
    Founder: Keiichiro Yasukawa
    First president: Daigoro Yasukawa
  • New Product
    New Product 3-phase Induction Motor
  • YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd. established
  • Technical tie-up with Brown, Boveri & Co, Ltd. (Switzerland) for DC motors
  • Yukuhashi plant opened
  • Servomotors
    Servomotors "Minertia" DC servo motor developed
  • Kokura plant opened
  • First DC disc motor
  • Tokyo plant opened
  • New Product Cup-Motor – first DC servo drive with large capacity
  • New Product Hard-wired NCs developed
  • New Product SF6 gas rotary-arc load breakers developed
  • Nakama plant opened
  • Mechatronics
    Mechatronics 2 Registration of the "Mechatronics" brand
  • New Product Domestic production of fl oppy disk drives started
  • New Product NC “YASNAC”, incorporating a microcomputer, developed
  • New Technology YASKAWA first to implement IGBT modules into general purpose inverters
    MOTOMAN L10 The "MOTOMAN-L10" vertically jointed, articulated type robot introduced
  • New Product First company to develop vector control inverter
  • Inception YASKAWA Electric Europe GmbH established
  • First MOTOMAN robot sold in Europe
  • New Product First AC servo drive range for machine tool and robotic market
  • Deming Prize received
  • Motoman Center opened
  • New Product First company to introduce fully digital controlled inverter drive
  • New Product Development of vacuum robots
  • Development of vacuum robots
  • Power Distribution Equipment plant opened
  • New Product Live-line maintenance robot developed
  • New Product First fully digital AC servo drive with precise torque, speed, and position control
  • Corporate name changed to YASKAWA Electric Corporation
  • New Product AC servo Σ (Sigma) series developed
  • New Product Σ-I Series – very compact amplifiers and motors
  • YASKAWA Electric UK Ltd. established for local production of AC drives
  • 1 million AC servomotors produced
    1 million AC servomotors produced
  • New Offices Shanghai Office and Beijing service centers established
  • New Production Sites Local production of robots was first started in the USA and Sweden
  • New Technology First company to develop vector control inverters for general applications
  • New Manufacturing Sites General purpose AC drive manufacturing joint venture companies established in Shanghai and Malaysia
  • New Technology Development for commercialising superenergy-saving variable speed drive “VS-686SS5”
  • New Product Development of high-clean class “MOTOMAN CR series”
  • MOTOMAN production reached 50,000 mark
  • AC servo production reached 2 million mark
  • Joint Veture established for industrial drive systems with Siemens AG (Germany) in Japan.
  • New Technology First company to develop motor-friendly 3-level control general purpose inverter
  • Joint Venture of CNC systems with Siemens AG
  • The YASKAWA Solution Center established
  • AC servo production reached 3 million mark
  • 100,000
    100,000 100,000th MOTOMAN robot sold
  • Latest Generation
    Latest Generation Develop for commercialising the latest generation industrial robots (dual-arm robot & single-arm robot)
  • VIPA
    VIPA VIPA established as a division of YASKAWA Europe
  • Anniversary
    Anniversary 100 Years of YASKAWA