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Yamaha Motor: First Exhibition at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, World's Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Technology, Delivering Overall Optimization of Fully-Digitalized Production Facilities through Robot Transport

April 05, 2018

IWATA, April 05, 2018—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that it will exhibit for the first time at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018, a B to B industrial technology trade show to be held in Hannover, Germany, from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27, 2018. Based on the theme of “Fully-Digitalized Production through Robot Transport,” the Yamaha Motor booth will showcase the overall construction of Fully-Digitalized Production lines, including transport processes.

The HANNOVER MESSE is the world's leading industrial trade fair, at which leading-edge industrial technology and products are gathered in one place. (The 2017 event saw exhibits held by approx. 5,000 companies attracting around 220,000 visitors). The Yamaha Motor booth at the HANNOVER MESSE will feature the Advanced Robotics Automation Platform, as well as an operation demonstration of the Platform and the YK400XR SCARA robot, showcasing the high-speed capability and precision of Yamaha robotics technology to a broad cross-section of the European market.

Overview of HANNOVER MESSE 2018

Event Period : April 23 to 27, 2018
Venue Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Germany  
No. of Exhibitors Approximately 5,000*  
No. of Attendees Around 220,000 people* *Previous event (2017)

Yamaha Motor Exhibit Outline

Exhibit Space Hall17, B06  
Details ◎Exhibition and demonstrations
Advanced Robotics Automation Platform

■ Models to be Exhibited by Yamaha Motor

Advanced Robotics Automation Platform

This new robotics system enables automation of complex advanced production facilities rapidly and at low cost. The system enables integrated control in one unit of the multiple robots and peripheral devices necessary for production facilities, reducing wasted time through the full digitalization of facilities.

ARAP Product Website:

Explanatory video:


This SCARA robot features both high quality/functionality and excellent cost-performance. These robots deliver outstanding high rigidity, high-speed capability, and high-accuracy capability. They are utilized across a wide range of production processes, from production facilities for electrical/electronic components and compact precision machinery parts requiring precision assembly, through to transfer and transport in large automotive component assembly.

YK400XR Product Website:


Introduction of Features:

Demonstration video:

■ Industrial Robot Market Overview

Driven by rising wages and increased quality requirements in China and emerging markets, as well as the decreasing working-age population in Japan and Europe, the global robot market has followed a growth trend, which is expected to continue. The average annual growth rate for the 2017 to 2024 period is forecast to grow at 4.2% on a monetary basis, and at 10.2% on a unit basis, with market expansion expected to continue in the future.

■ History of Yamaha Motor Industrial Robots

1974 : Yamaha Motor begins research and development into industrial robots in order to streamline production and increase machining precision in its own motorcycle factories
1976 : SCARA robots introduced to Yamaha Motor motorcycle production lines
1981 : Industrial Robots business established. External sales begin
1984 : IM Business Unit established (Yamaha Motor Hamakita Plant) / SCARA robot sales begin overseas
1991   IM Technology Center completion (Sodecho, Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka Prefecture)
2006   IM Technology Center and factory expansion
2013 : China (Suzhou City) sales office established
Linear conveyor module LCM100 launched
2016 : Advanced Robotics Automation Platform integrated controller (PLC) launched
2017 : New Robotics Business building begins operation

Yamaha Motor’s lineup of industrial robots ranging from industrial robots to controllers, which powerfully support the automation of production sites, is rich in variation. YMC builds on these strengths to pursue greater efficiency and quality in increasingly complex, diverse, and high-speed production sites.

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