Yaskawa again among the ‘Top 100 Global Innovators’

01. febbraio 2018

Third time in a row

Yaskawa wins the triple: the Japanese technology group is in the list of ‘Top 100 Global Innovators’ for the third time in a row. Every year, this coveted report recognises the world’s most innovative companies.

Example of innovations at the interface between traditional mechatronics and digital technologies. Three miniature robots demonstrate the potential of customised production by assembling model cars in a demo cell developed as a concept study at the Yaskawa Innovation Center in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu. (Source: YASKAWA)

The award was initiated by the Thomson Reuters media group in 2011. The selection criteria for a place among the top 100 most innovative companies in the world are global reach, the number of patents applied for, and the sustained impact of inventions on shaping the future.

Founded more than 100 years ago, Yaskawa is a pioneer in the fields of drive technology, industrial automation and robotics. Then as now, the focus is directed primarily on solutions for tomorrow’s industry. “We invest heavily in areas associated with Industry 4.0 and sustainable energy use“, explained Manfred Stern (CEO & President, YASKAWA Europe and Corporate Vice-President, YASKAWA Electric) on the occasion of the award. “Many projects are currently being conducted in this area throughout all the company’s divisions, and this has been seen by Thomson Reuters and recognised by this award.“

With its ‘i3-Mechatronics’ solution concept, Yaskawa is spanning a bridge between traditional mechatronics and digital technologies. ‘i3’ stands for integrated – intelligent – innovative. 

i3 mechatronics is increasing productivity and quality by enabling the generation of machine and process data.



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