Yaskawa inaugurates extension in Allershausen
17. janvier 2018
With the extension to the company headquarters – in operation since 2012 – Yaskawa has once again increased its production and warehouse capacities at the headquarters of the European Robotics Division in Allershausen. The new structure incorporates a warehouse of about 1,600 m² and a large workshop and production area of over 2,000 m², plus office building. This is where Yaskawa will be constructing robot welding units and commissioning customized industrial robots for European customers in a wide range of industries. In addition, it includes 1,200 m² of new office space on three floors for employees who were previously based at separate locations. The former premises in the Kammerfeld industrial estate are to be successively vacated.
In her address, Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner noted: “Bavaria is an internationally recognized high-tech and production location. We offer an outstanding environment consisting of academy, industry and networks in the heart of Europe. As one of the world’s leading players in the field of industrial robots, Yaskawa’s expansion attests to this. The investment is a clear commitment to the location in Allershausen and Bavaria. I wish the company and its employees a good start in the new ultramodern facilities.”
The € 7.8 million extension was conceived as an energy-efficient building in accordance with Standard KfW 55. Its facilities include low-current LED luminaires and particularly energy-efficient office space cooling. A major part of the energy requirements is met from renewable sources such as biogas and its own photovoltaic installation.
Robots for Europe
Yaskawa – with over 400,000 installed units one of the biggest global players in the field of industrial robots and in addition a leading international supplier of drive and automation technology – is pursuing an ambitious expansion strategy in Europe. Its medium-term goal is to also become one of the most prominent manufacturers of industrial robots in strategic focal markets in Europe.
“Europe is a leader in many technologies, and we want to show an even stronger presence vis-à-vis our European customers, with the aim of jointly developing efficient and tailor-made robotics solutions,” explains Manfred Stern, President and CEO of Yaskawa Europe GmbH.
In the course of the current expansion, Yaskawa has not only constructed the new floor space in Allershausen; in autumn 2017 it also laid the foundation stone for the company’s first European robot manufacturing plant in Kocevje, Slovenia. Starting in 2018, Yaskawa’s first completely European-built Motoman robots are to be produced here.
“The new production and development capacities also permit the shortest delivery times for our mechanical engineering customers and system integrators, together with whom we will be claiming additional market shares,” says Bruno Schnekenburger, President of the Robotics Division at YASKAWA Europe GmbH on the occasion of the latest opening.
The Allershausen site thus plays an even more important international role as European headquarters of the Robotics Division. The Robotics Division employs a workforce of around 1,000 throughout Europe. In Allershausen the current size is 326 employees.
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