Yaskawa breaks ground for Slovenian robot factory

Yaskawa breaks ground for Slovenian robot factory
By bne IntelliNews November 3, 2017

Japan’s Yaskawa formally launched construction of its €25mn robotics factory in Slovenia’s Kočevje on November 2. 

The new factory will supply around 80% of Europe’s needs for industrial robots, according to a government statement. The company also plans to open a research and development centre in Slovenia, which will work with local universities and research institutes. 

Prime Minister Miro Cerar said at the groundbreaking ceremony that Slovenia “is becoming the centre of robotics development in Europe and beyond”. 

The government worked hard to persuade Yaskawa, which was considering several locations in CEE, to opt for Slovenia. As part of this strategy, Ljubljana has contributed €5.6mn to the investment in non-refundable incentives.

In return, the investment will help Slovenia to build up its high-tech sector — Cerar recently said he wanted to turn the country into Eastern Europe’s blockchain centre — as well as creating at least 200 jobs in the area. 

Having secured the investment from Yaskawa and come close to securing a new commitment from Canadian auto components manufacturer Magna, the Slovenian government is now looking to persuade more international investors to set up in the country, stressing its location, educated and capable workforce and stable political situation. 

 

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