The Slovenia Times

Foundation stone to be laid for Yaskawa robots factory


The Yaskawa delegation will include chairman of Yaskawa Europe and vice-chair of Yaskawa Electric Corporation Manfred Stern, who announced at the beginning of the year that the first products from the new Slovenian plant are expected to roll out in the autumn of 2018.

According to Stern, the company plans to increase the initial output over time from 4,000 to 6,000 robots a year.

Yaskawa's fifth global robot production facility, which has received a EUR 5.6m government subsidy, is expected to employ between 150 and 200 people.

The Japanese corporation, which already has two subsidiaries in the nearby Slovenian town of Ribnica where it manufactures robot cells and organises sales in the region, will allegedly execute another investment in Kočevje which was originally planned for England.

Asked about Slovenia's prospects for using investment opportunities stemming from Brexit, Economy Ministry State Secretary Aleš Cantarutti indicated in parliament in early October that Yaskawa could move an investment planned in a city north of London to Kočevje.


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