Yaskawa Europe GmbH

Global Technology Provider
European Player

Global
Innovative
Close to Customers

We are a company of people pursuing their passion – driven by the vision of a smarter future with advanced technologies that save precious time and energy. For us, any given day is a new chance to make progress.

Our goal is to contribute to the evolution of society by improving the nature of its business, increasing the performance and productivity of our industry, and therefore our everyday lives. Naturally we promote renewable resources to ensure a healthy environment – for a sustainable planet for all of us.

 

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 where our customers need us.

Drives Motion Controls

AC Drives, Servo Drives, Machine Controllers, PLCs and HMIs as well as customer-specific drive and control systems from Yaskawa have proven their value in the market for years. Our experience with flexible automation solutions and expertise in numerous industries and applications makes us a qualified partner for developing system solutions. Our wide-ranging product portfolio enables our customers to obtain everything from simple controller products to powerful systems from one single source.

Robotics

We are one of the largest manufacturers of industrial robots, with 430,000 robots installed worldwide. We offer application-based variants such as welding, palletizing, painting and handling robots. Our broad range of robots also includes robots designed for laboratory and clean room applications as well as top quality, turnkey automated welding systems.

Environmental Energy

The Environmental Energy Division is responsible for our business activities in Wind Energy, Solar Energy and Marine. Wind and solar include our contributions to the use of renewable energies, our marine products ensure that the environmental and energy balance of ships is significantly improved. Permanent Magnet Motors and Converters range from 500 kW to 8.0 MW. Our portfolio for large power applications like wind turbines creates a firm foundation and a power boost to move forward on our fast-track path of advancing the world with electrical drive trains.

Facts & Figures

1,980

Employees in Europe

>100

Channel Partners

9

Manufacturing Locations

23

Business Entities

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Management

Bruno J. Schnekenburger

President & CEO Yaskawa Europe

Corporate Officer Yaskawa Electric - Regional Head Europe

Manfred Stern

Managing Director Yaskawa Europe

Chairman Yaskawa Europe Holding

Miika Reinikka

President

Environmental Energy Division (The Switch)

Marcus Mead

President

Robotics Division

 

History

1915

Daigorou Yasukawa has set up the office in Kurosaki, Kitakyushu city with the cooperation of his elder brothers. Yaskawa Electric was established there in April 1915.

1917

The company’s first order product “three-phase induction motor 20HP” was delivered in 1917. It has received orders of induction motors for skewer hoisting machines from coal mining companies

 
1927

Supersynchronous motor

1937

Conveyor system

Conveyor system adapted for small electronics and switches

1953

Introduced VS motor

DC motor technology announced

1958

Invention of the Minertia motor

1967

Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. founded in Chicago

Mechatronics

"Mechatronics" - a term actually coined by a Yaskawa engineer

1973

Yasnac CNC system using micropocessors

1977

Yaskawa’s legendary robot MOTOMAN-L10 with first full electric system in Japan which becomes the basis of the current industrial robot was completed in 1977.

 
1984

Deming Application Prize received

1989
  1. MOTOMAN Inc. founded in the U.S.
  2. Robot used for maintenance on elevated power lines
1991

Sigma-series AC servo drives

1992

IACET accreditation for training programs (first accredited robot manufacturer)

1993

MotoSim, Industry's first PC-based robot simulation and offline programming software

1994

Patent for multiple robot control

2000

Autosorter, robotic test tube handling solution for clinical laboratories

2001

Application-specific robot models for arc and spot welding

2005

13-axis dual-arm and 7-axis actuator-driven robots

2008
  1. World's first 7-axis arcwelding robot
  2. Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership
2009

Next-generation picking, packing and palletizing robot product lines

2012

VIPA and profichip become part of Yaskawa Europe GmbH

2013

Strategic partnership with ReWalk Robotics announced

2014
  1. New controller generation DX200 with integrated functional safety unit
  2. Yaskawa acquires The Switch, Finland
2015

100 years of Yaskawa

2016

The Switch acquires Wärtsilä's marine power drives, Norway

2018

Grand opening of the new offices in Sweden

2019
  1. Grand opening of the European Robot Factory in Slovenia
  2. Acquisition of the Factory automation business unit of ZF Italia s.r.l.
  3. Grand opening of the new offices in France

Daigorou Yasukawa has set up the office in Kurosaki, Kitakyushu city with the cooperation of his elder brothers. Yaskawa Electric was established there in April 1915.

The company’s first order product “three-phase induction motor 20HP” was delivered in 1917. It has received orders of induction motors for skewer hoisting machines from coal mining companies

 

Supersynchronous motor

Conveyor system

Conveyor system adapted for small electronics and switches

Introduced VS motor

DC motor technology announced

Invention of the Minertia motor

Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. founded in Chicago

Mechatronics

"Mechatronics" - a term actually coined by a Yaskawa engineer

Yasnac CNC system using micropocessors

Yaskawa’s legendary robot MOTOMAN-L10 with first full electric system in Japan which becomes the basis of the current industrial robot was completed in 1977.

 

Deming Application Prize received

  1. MOTOMAN Inc. founded in the U.S.
  2. Robot used for maintenance on elevated power lines

Sigma-series AC servo drives

IACET accreditation for training programs (first accredited robot manufacturer)

MotoSim, Industry's first PC-based robot simulation and offline programming software

Patent for multiple robot control

Autosorter, robotic test tube handling solution for clinical laboratories

Application-specific robot models for arc and spot welding

13-axis dual-arm and 7-axis actuator-driven robots

  1. World's first 7-axis arcwelding robot
  2. Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership

Next-generation picking, packing and palletizing robot product lines

VIPA and profichip become part of Yaskawa Europe GmbH

Strategic partnership with ReWalk Robotics announced

  1. New controller generation DX200 with integrated functional safety unit
  2. Yaskawa acquires The Switch, Finland

100 years of Yaskawa

The Switch acquires Wärtsilä's marine power drives, Norway

Grand opening of the new offices in Sweden

  1. Grand opening of the European Robot Factory in Slovenia
  2. Acquisition of the Factory automation business unit of ZF Italia s.r.l.
  3. Grand opening of the new offices in France