Japan's Yaskawa Corporation, which is considered to be the largest manufacturer of industrial robots in the world, has opened a new factory of industrial robots and a European Robotics Development Center in Kočev after two years of construction. The Kočevska factory, which started building in November in the region, officially started manufacturing six-strong industrial robots for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Investments worth EUR 25 million were supported by the state with EUR 5.6 million. By 2023 there will be about 200 people employed.
The new factory measures 120 times 92 meters, with less than 10,000 square feet of useful surface. By 2023, it would need to employ around 200 people and produce 6,000 robots a year. PHOTO: Leon Vidić / Delo
In the robotic Yaskawa Europe Robotics are for WHAT said that the inauguration of the factory today at 15 o'clock, together with many Yaskawin leaders, will also be attended by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, Minister of Economy Zdravko Počivalšek and European Commissioner Violeta Bulc.
Director of newly established company Chennai Yaskawa Europe Robotics Hubert Kosler said today at a news conference that a new factory would complement production facilities in Japan and China and cover about four-fifths of European demand for Motoman's robots.
Kocev has chosen Yaskawa as the first place in Europe to produce industrial robots, and thus the first such Yaskawino factories outside Asia. Since November last year it has experimentally worked.
Minister Počivalšek said at a workshop in Koceva last December that he would produce seven different types of robots and bring 200 new jobs with high added value. Slovenia has supported this investment worth EUR 24.6 million from EUR 5.6 million.
According to last year's announcement, the factory in Kočev should employ 60 to 70 people and the number of employees in the next year should increase to 120 to 150. PHOTO: Aleš Černivec / Delo
In 1994, the Japanese corporation Yaskawa Electric took over in Motoman Robotec, an operating Slovenian motor company in Germany, and in 1996 founded the Yaskawa Ristro robotic production company in Ribnica. At the same time, Yaskawa Slovenija operates in Ribnica, which deals with sales in Slovenia and on the markets of the former Yugoslavia. The new robot factory in Kočev was founded by Yaskawa Europe Robotics, the development and production of robots.
The new factory measures 120 times 92 meters, with less than 10,000 square feet of useful surface. The new plant will be able to produce up to ten thousand robots per year. It now has 50 employees and will employ 90 to 100 people up to the new year. Until 2023, they will employ about 150 and more, while at the same time about one tenth, together with some 200 people will develop.