History

1915〜 Establishment

YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

1915

  • ・YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. established as a limited partnership

1917

  • ・Commercialized “three-phase induction motor.”

1919

  • ・YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd. established

1927

  • ・Commercialized “super synchronous motor.”

1928

  • ・Commercialized “three-phase induction motor with ball bearings.”

1936

  • ・Opened research laboratory.

1937

  • ・Registered “Yaskawa Motor” as trademark.

1946

  • ・Absorbed Yaskawa Aviation Electric Co., Ltd. as Yukuhashi plant.

1949

  • ・Shares listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka stock exchanges

1950〜 Electric Motors and Application

Early-type Minertia motor

1953
  • ・Commercialized the first VS motor.
1954
  • ・Technical tie-up with Brown, Boveri & Co, Ltd. (Switzerland) for DC motors
1957
  • ・Yukuhashi plant opened
1958
  • ・Invented “minertia motor” DC servo drive

1960〜 Industrial Electronics

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Tokyo plant

1961

  • ・Kokura plant opened
  • ・Technical tie-up with SEA (France) for print motors

1964

  • ・Tokyo plant opened

1967

  • ・YASKAWA Electric America, Inc. established

1968

  • ・Development of Hard-wired NCs

1969

  • ・Nakama plant opened
  • ・Development of SF6 gas rotary-arc load breakers
  • ・Application for “Mechatronics” trademark registration submitted (Trademark approved in 1972)

1970〜 Industrial Automation

Electrically-driven industrial robot
MOTOMAN-L10 No.1

1974

  • ・Started domestic production of floppy disk drives
  • ・Development of the “YASNAC” NC with built-in microcomputer
  • ・YASKAWA ELETRICO DO BRASIL LTDA. established

1977

  • ・The MOTOMAN-L10 Japan’s first all-electric industrial robot introduced

1979

  • ・Commercialization of vector control AC drives

1979

  • ・Corporate charter established

1980〜 FA and Mechatronics

Deming Prize

Vacuum Transfer Robot

1980

  • ・YASKAWA Electric Europe GmbH established

1983

  • ・Participated in the development of Advanced Robot for Hazardous Environment, a large-scale project sponsored by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • ・Commercialization of the AC servo drive series

1984

  • ・MOTOMAN ROBOTICS EUROPE AB established
  • ・Deming Prize received

1987

  • ・Development of vacuum robots

1988

  • ・Cumulative shipments of MOTOMAN reached 10,000

1989

  • ・Renovation of AC drive production facility completed
  • ・Power distribution equipment plant opened
  • ・MOTOMAN, INC. established

1990〜 FA and Mechatronics

“Σ series” AC servo drives

Super-energy-saving variable speed drive
VS686SS5

1990

  • ・Motoman Center opened
  • ・Development of live-line maintenance robot

1991

  • ・YASKAWA Electric UK Ltd. established
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. established
  • ・Corporate name changed to YASKAWA Electric Corporation
  • ・Development of “Σ series” AC servo drives

1992

  • ・Participated in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s Micromachine Research and Development Project

1993

  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC Servo drives reached 1 million units

1994

  • ・Shanghai office and Beijing service center established
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC KOREA CORPORATION established

1995

  • ・Beijing office opened
  • ・SHANGHAI YASKAWA DRIVE CO., Ltd. established
  • ・Development of PIM parallel processing calculators
  • ・Commercialization of “VS-616G5″vector control AC Drive

1996

  • ・Industrial robot joint venture company established in Beijing
  • ・General-purpose AC drive manufacturing joint venture companies established in Shanghai and Malaysia
  • ・YASKAWA ESHED TECHNOLOGY LTD. established (Israel)
  • ・YASKAWA MOTOMAN CANADA LTD. established(Canada)
  • ・YASKAWA MOTOMAN MÉXICO S.A.DE C.V. established (Mexico)

1997

  • ・Commercialization of super-energy-saving variable speed drive “VS-686SS5”, which received the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award as an “Excellent Energy Product”
  • ・Commercialization of “MOTOMAN CR series” robot for high clean class

1998

  • ・Received ISO14001 certification for Tokyo plant
  • ・Cumulative shipments of MOTOMAN reached 50,000
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC servo drives reached 2 million

1999

  • ・Received ISO14001 certification for Yukuhashi plant
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. established
  • ・Established joint venture for industrial drive systems with Siemens AG (Germany)

2000〜 Motion Contorol and Robotics Automation

New Generation Robots MOTOMAN-SDA10

Motor drive system for hybrid electric vehicles QMET DRIVE

Enewin series

Photovoltaic power conditioners

AC servo drives Σ-7series and machine controller MP3300

MOTOMAN-BMDA3

Dual-arm robot “MOTOMAN-BMDA3” for biomedical uses

LR2

Leg Rehabilitation Robot “LR2

U1000

Matrix Converter “U1000”

ReWalk

Walking assist device “ReWalk”

ga700

General purpose industrial AC drive “GA700”

2001

  • ・Received ISO14001 certification for 5 manufacturing plants in Japan
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC TAIWAN CORPORATION established

2002

  • ・Solution Center opened
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC servo drives reached 3 million

2003

  • ・Yahata-higashi Plant opened
  • ・Cumulative shipments of MOTOMAN reached 100,000

2004

  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC servo drives reached 4 million

2005

  • ・Commercialization of new generation robot (dual- arm and 7-axis)

2006

  • ・Motoman Station opened
  • ・Startegic aliance for semiconductor-transfer robot business with Brooks Automation, Inc.
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC servo drives reached 5 million units
  • ・Cumulative shipments of MOTOMAN reached 150,000
  • ・Commercialization of “V1000” compact general- purpose AC drives

2007

  • ・Drive Center opened
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC drives reached 10 million units

2008

  • ・Cumulative shipments of MOTOMAN reached 200,000
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC (SHENYANG) CO., LTD. established

2009

  • ・Development of “QMET DRIVE” motor drive system for hybrid electric vehicles

2010

  • ・Released “Enewin” electrical products for large-scale wind power systems
  • ・Commercialization of “PV 1000” photovoltaic power conditioners
  • ・YASKAWA ELECTRIC INDIA PVT.LTD established

2011

  • ・Development of “SiC*-QMET” high-efficiency motor drive system for electric vehicle using SiC*. *SiC: Silicon Carbide
  • ・Kanto Robot Center opened

2012

  • ・Adopted an executive officer system
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC servo drives reached 10 million
  • ・Development of the world first power conditioner using GaN

2013

  • ・Start of robot production at YASKAWA (China) Robotics CO., Ltd.
  • ・Commercialization of “Σ-7 series” AC drives
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC drivers reached 20 million units
  • ・Commercialization of dual-arm robot “MOTOMAN-BMDA3” for biomedical uses
  • ・Investment to Hangzhou Kaierda Robot Technology Company Limited
  • ・Strategic business alliance with capital involvement with ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (Former Argo Medical Technologies, Ltd.)

2014

  • ・Commercialization of Leg Rehabilitation Robot “LR2
  • ・Cumulative shipments of AC Drives reached 20 million
  • ・Commercialization of Matrix Converter “U1000”
  • ・Acquisition of The Switch Engineering Oy
  • ・Acquisition of Solectria Renewables, LLC

2015

  • ・Chubu Robot Center opened
  • ・Commercialization of walking assist device “ReWalk”
  • ・Headquarters in Kitakyushu was renovated as “Robot Village” as part of Yaskawa Electric’s 100th anniversary commemoration
  • ・Alliance with Midea Group in industrial and service robot businesses
  • ・Development of the world’s first next generation matrix converter with built-in full SiC power semiconductor module
  • ・Commcercialization of general purpose industrial AC drive “GA700”
  • ・Equity participation in Robotic Biology Institute Inc.
  • ・Development of the world’s first servo motor with built-in amplifier using gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor

2016

  • ・Acruisition of shares of Doolim Robotics Co., Ltd., a Korean robotic painting and sealing system integrator
  • ・Establish Chery Yaskawa E-drive System Co., Ltd.
  • ・Yaskawa Polska Sp. z o.o. established
  • ・Acquisition of Wärtsilä’s marine drives business by The Switch

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