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The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America Inc. announced that Yaskawa Electric Corporation’s European subsidiary, YASKAWA Europe GmbH (YEU), based in Eschborn, Germany, will acquire a majority of the shares of industrial automation equipment manufacturer, VIPA, based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
YASKAWA says the combination of VIPA’s product portfolio of PLCs, I/O modules and HMI, with YASKAWA’s inverter, AC servo and robot product lines, will enable YASKAWA to offer a comprehensive industrial automation solution portfolio for a diverse set of markets.

”VIPA is a perfect fit for Yaskawa. There are no overlaps in our product portfolios, but they are very complementary with much synergies to be expected,” Koichi Takamiya, CEO and Regional Head for Europe, YASKAWA Europe GmbH, said in an official announcement.

“By adding the engineering resources of Drives & Motion Division and Robotics Division to VIPA, YASKAWA Europe now has a strong development team here in Europe, close to our customers and the markets,” stated Manfred Stern, president of YASKAWA Europe GmbH, in the announcement.

Stern said the VIPA acquisition, the recent investment into the new headquarters infrastructure of the Robotics Division in Germany, and the acquisition of YASKAWA Southern Africa earlier this year, proves YASKAWA’s commitment to the EMEA region and its growth expectations for Europe.