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Yaskawa Electric Corporation

Yaskawa Electric Corporation
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6506
FSE: 6506
Nikkei 225 Component
Founded July 16, 1915 (1915-07-16)
Founder Keiichiro Yasukawa
Headquarters 2-1 Kurosakishiroishi, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu 806-0004 Japan
Key people
Junji Tsuda, (CEO, President and Chaiman of the Board)

11px JPY 363.57 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 3.52 billion) (FY 2013)
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11px JPY 16.96 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 161.1 million) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
11px10,383 (consolidated)
3,284 (temporary) (as of March 20, 2013)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

The Yaskawa Electric Corporation (株式会社安川電機 Kabushiki-gaisha Yasukawa Denki?) is a Japanese manufacturer of servos, motion controllers, AC motor drives, switches and industrial robots. Their Motoman robots are heavy duty industrial robots used in welding, packaging, assembly, coating, cutting, material handling and general automation.[5]

The company was founded in 1915, and its head office is located in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. Yaskawa applied for a trademark on the term "Mechatronics" in 1969, it was approved in 1972.[6] The head-office, in Kitakyushu, was designed by the American architect Antonin Raymond in 1954.[7]

The company is listed on the Tokyo and Fukuoka Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.[8]


1915 YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. established as a limited partnership

1919 YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd. established

1949 Shares listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka Stock Exchanges[9]

1954 Technical tie-up with Brown, Boveri & Co, Ltd. (Switzerland) for DC motors

1957 Yukuhashi plant opened

1961 Kokura plant opened, Technical tie-up with SEA (France) for print motors

1964 Tokyo plant opened

1967 YASKAWA Electric America, Inc. established[10]

1969 Nakama, Fukuoka plant opened, Application for "Mechatronics" trademark registration submitted (Trademark approved in 1972)


1979 Corporate charter established

1980 YASKAWA Electric Europe GmbH established[10]

1990 Motoman Center opened

1991 YASKAWA Electric UK Ltd. established, YASKAWA ELECTRIC (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. established

1999 Established joint venture for industrial drive systems with Siemens AG (Germany)[11]

2006 Strategic alliance for semiconductor-transfer robot business with Brooks Automation, Inc.

2006 Partnered with ARGO Medical for global expansion of ReWalk exoskeleton device;[12] established strategic relationship with Unison Healthcare Group in Taiwanese market[13]

Business segments and products

  • Motion Control
    • Servo motors
    • Machine controllers
    • AC drives
  • Robotics
    • Industrial robots for various industrial processes
  • System Engineering used in:
    • Steel plants
    • Social systems (water circulation, energy conservation, disaster prevention, mega-solar systems, hybrid electrical generation systems and energy management systems)
    • Environment & energy (power generation equipment)
    • Electrical power (electric power distribution equipment)
    • Industrial electronics
  • Information Technology
    • Business systems
    • Embedded components
    • Network communications
    • Multimedia
    • Marking systems
    • Data recovery services
    • Solution equipment[14][15]


As of March 20, 2014 the company has 68 subsidiary and 18 affiliate companies.[3] Some of these are:

  • in the Americas: Yaskawa America, Inc., Yaskawa Canada Inc., Yaskawa Electrico do Brasil Ltda., Solectria Renewables LLC[16]
  • in Europe, Africa, Middle-East: Yaskawa Europe GmbH, Yaskawa Nordic AB, Yaskawa Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • in Asia-Pacific: Yaskawa India Pvt Ltd., Yaskawa Electric (China) Co., Ltd., Yaskawa Electric Korea Corporation, Yaskawa Electric Taiwan Corporation[17]


  1. ^ "Corporate Data". Yaskawa Electric. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Operating Results". Yaskawa Electric. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Yaskawa Electric. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Company Profile". Reuters. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ " Company Profile". 
  6. ^ "Company History". Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Yaskawa introduction booklet, 2012
  8. ^ "Components:Nikkei Stock Average". Nikkei Inc. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ 東証:株価檢索, 東京証券取引所
  10. ^ a b c Corporate Profile, Yaskawa Electric
  11. ^ Siemens, Yaskawa form joint venture, Control Engineering, 1999/01/09
  12. ^ ARGO Medical partners with YASKAWA for global expansion of ReWalk exoskeleton device, News Medical, 2013/09/27
  13. ^ 安川電機與友信醫療集團跨界結盟, Sina News, Nov, 17, 2014
  14. ^ "Products and Services". Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Yaskawa Deal
  17. ^ "Global Network". Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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