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Yaskawa Motoman sells 60,000 more robots since last count

Yaskawa has sold 60,000 Motoman industrial robots since Robotics and Automation News last did a count. 

The company has been commenting on its tremendous success in recent months, saying that in China it has received so many orders it is having to expand its facilities.

Yaskawa, which is a Japan-headquartered company, says it is increasing its production capacity by 25 per cent in China.  

The company also recently broke ground to mark the start of the construction of a new factory in Slovenia, to serve the European market.

Overall, the parent company, Yaskawa Electric, has reported a 150 per cent net growth in profit for the period April to September 2017 – totalling $184 million.


The growth is said to have been largely driven by strong demand from Chinese manufacturers for Yaskawa’s industrial robots and automation products.

In comments to Nikkei, Yaskawa president Hiroshi Ogasawara said: “We received a lot of orders from local Chinese manufacturers.”

Ogasawara added: “Demand for robots and other devices will rise in the future. Automation demand among Chinese manufacturers will continue to grow.”