Japanese technology group Yaskawa Europe Robotics will expand its production in Slovenia, seven months after it started operations in the country, Kocevje municipality, where the plant is based, said on December 9.
Yaskawa opened its €25mn robot factory and European robotics development centre in the Slovenian town of Kocevje on May 6. The factory was opened due to growing demand for industrial robots in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.
Yaskawa purchased a 4.5-hectare plot from the municipality of Kocevje for €740,000 to expand its production. The plot is next to its existing facility.
Speaking at the contract signing, Dr. Hubert Kosler, president of Yaskawe Europe Robotics, said that the existing factory currently employs just over 70 people and there are plans to increase the number of employees to at least 150 by 2023. Another 150 jobs will be created at the new factory, said Bruno Schnekenburger, president and CEO of Yaskawa Europe.
The Slovenian plant supplements the existing production facilities in Japan and China and will satisfy about 80% of the European demand for Motoman robots.