Yaskawa Opens 'robot Village' Complex To Showcase New Technologies

Yaskawa opens 'Robot Village' complex to showcase new technologiesIndustrial giant Yaskawa Electric Corp. unveiled its “Robot Village” complex here June 1 where visitors can view and interact with its advanced robotic technologies.
The highlight of the renovated manufacturing and headquarters facility is the Yaskawa Innovation Center, which houses around 50 or so state-of-the-art robots that are used in medical research, manufacturing and other fields. Some can perform complicated human arm movements.

The company spent more than 10 billion yen ($80 million) on the redevelopment project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its founding this year and hopes the facility will prove popular with local residents, particularly children.

“We want to show children the future and its potential, and something they will not learn in school,” said Junji Tsuda, chairman and president of Yaskawa Electric.

“Even though we are a global company, we want each of our offices and facilities to take root in the region where they are based,” he said. “We want ‘robot village’ to blend in with the local community and become a model for our other businesses in and out of Japan.”

An advance reservation is required to enter the Yaskawa Innovation Center, which opened its doors on June 2. Admission is limited to groups of between 10 and 60 people. Visitors must be in the fifth grade or older.

The Yaskawa Innovation Center near Kita-Kyushu’s JR Kurosaki Station is surrounded by a green belt called “Yaskawa no Mori” that is open to public during weekday afternoons.

Yaskawa Electric expects 20,000 people to visit annually.