Yaskawa America, Inc. Expanding in Brazil

July 19, 2012
New 100,000 sq ft facility combines Drives & Motion and Motoman Robotics divisions.

Motoman Robótica do Brasil and Yaskawa Eléctrico do Brasil Ltd, divisions of Yaskawa America, Inc. (YAI) jointly announce their expansion plans in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil.  YAI’s parent company, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, is the world’s largest manufacturer of AC drives, motion control products and industrial robots.

The two divisions have outgrown their current separate facilities and will co-locate to a newly constructed, larger manufacturing campus in Diadema, featuring 56,000 sq ft manufacturing space, 38,000 sq ft office space and a 6,000 sq ft training space, for a total space of over 100,000 sq ft.  Both divisions will gain increased efficiencies and production capacity through co-locating, but will remain as independent divisions. Both divisions will be fully operational by mid-July.  Approximately 150 employees will be located on the new campus.

“With expanded manufacturing and demonstration floor space, new training labs and additional office space, the new infrastructure will provide even closer cooperation between our two divisions allowing us to better serve our customers in this growing market,” states Steve Barhorst, President and COO of Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division.

“The new location will allow us to serve our customers more efficiently while allowing us to collaborate on opportunities between our divisions to offer more solutions to our customers,” adds Mike Knapek, President and COO, Drives and Motion Division.

Brazil is one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world.  With significant growth in automotive, agricultural and mining equipment, in addition to food production and other manufacturing sectors, Brazil’s economy ranks highest among all South American countries with a strong position in global economy.

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