Slovenia Will Open a New Plant for the Production of Industrial Robots

The Japanese company Yaskawa will open a new European plant for the production of industrial robots in Slovenia. The Slovenian Prime Minister Miroslav Cerar announced this on his Facebook page, “I have great news. I have just had a call from Tokyo and have been informed that a famous company Yaskawa decided to invest in Slovenia. This will open up new job positions and will serve as a proof of our ability to get a similar investment in the face of very strong competition.”

Location of the New Plant Is not yet Known

The Yaskawa Electric Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots and automation systems. According to the results of 2015, the Company’s turnover amounted to more than 3 billion euros. The Company already has two offices in Slovenia—Slovenija Yaskawa and Yaskawa Ristro in Ribnica. According to the Yaskawa Director Hubert Kosler, a location of the new plant is still not known exactly. He assumes that Ribnica is only one of the possible locations, but not the exclusive one.

The new venture will specialize in the manufacture of industrial robots, and the staff will be 160 people (in perspective—200 people). Kosler stressed that these would be mainly engineers and technical specialists.

According to Kosler, it is very important that along with the plant opening, the modern production technologies and scientific developments will come to Slovenia. That is why the Yaskawa plans to collaborate with technical experts and scientists.

According to the preliminary plan, the construction of the plant will begin in late 2017, and the first robots will be produced in 2018 or 2019. The main markets for selling robots will be the Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Why Did Yaskawa Choose Slovenia?

In the struggle for Japanese investment, Slovenia was ahead of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. “An important factor in determining the choice was a 20-year-old successful experience of Yaskawa on the Slovenian market and the trust that has been achieved over the years by our people, the quality of the work and its results. The Japanese really like Slovenia,” Hubert Kosler said.

The Slovenian Government has promised support for the Japanese project. Aleš Cantarutti, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, said, “With this initiative we have tried to provide maximum assistance in view of the law and the financial opportunities. The Yaskawa Company was also assisted under the Law on Promotion of Foreign Direct Investment. The Government will provide 25% of irrevocable means as a financial assistance to the investment project worth 21 million euros. A provisional amount of the earmarked funds will be 4–5 million euros.