On December 8 (Wed.), 2004, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.'s (YMC) in-house company IM Company (Location: Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.); President: Tsuneji Togami) opens a new "Kanto Technical Center" in Saitama City, Saitama Pref. as part of its efforts to strengthen its business and service capabilities for its surface mounters and industrial robots in Japan's eastern (Kanto), north-central (Koshinetsu) and northern (Tohoku) regions. This will be IM Company's third technical center in Japan, the others being in Hamamatsu and Osaka. In conjunction with the new center's opening, IM Company's existing "Kanto Business Office" will be moved from its present location in Minato Ward, Tokyo, to resume operations at the new facility in Saitama.
Boosted by strong domestic demand for cell phones, LCD televisions, automotive electronic components and other products, there is now a strong demand for industrial robots like surface mounters.
Amidst this trend, about 60% of the users (clients) for these industrial robots are concentrated in the Kanto, Koshinetsu and Tohoku regions of Japan. The new center is part of IM Company's efforts to develop its market in theses regions more aggressively, increase user satisfaction and grow its market share through comprehensive activities that combine sales and service operations.
The new "Kanto Technical Center" and "Kanto Business Office" facility will include a showroom where the company's products, including its mounter line cream solder printers and surface mounters as well as assembly robots will be displayed and demonstrated.
The Center will also maintain a parts stock to ensure fast and smooth after-sale service operations and have a training facility where clients can be trained in the operation of the products.
With the opening of this new "Kanto Technical Center," IM Company will now have a domestic service network of three facilities, including the already operating "IM Technical Center" in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref. and the "Kansai Technical Center," which opened in Yodogawa Ward, Osaka City in November 2003.