With an annual sales volume of more than 410 billion Yen (about 3.5 billion euros), YASKAWA is a world-leading manufacturer of servo drives (Sigma-7 Series), inverter drives (such as the GA700), and Motoman industrial robots. Founded in 1915 in Japan, the company s philosophy has been based on the principle of highest quality for more than 100 years, making YASKAWA a global leader. The wide range of YASKAWA s business activities covers drives (inverters), motion control (AC servo motors and drives, machine control), robotics (industrial robots and robotics systems), systems engineering (medium voltage inverters, generators, converters), and information technology (software-based products). VIPA GmbH in Herzogenaurach, which specialises in visualisation and process automation, has also formed part of YASKAWA since 2012. This makes YASKAWA one of the few global companies able to supply components and solutions for almost all industries from a single source.