Yaskawa tops 1 million inverters manufactured
Company calls it 'a major milestone' to have made 1 million inverters in the U.S.
Yaskawa America Inc. manufactured its one millionth inverter in the United States in September marking a significant milestone for the drives and motion control company.
“This is a major milestone for our company, as it represents our commitment to building our products in the United States,” Mike Knapek, president and chief operating officer, said during an Oct. 5 celebration at the Buffalo Grove plant. “While we are certainly a global player, our manufacturing presence is heavily focused here.”
Producing product in the United States gives Yaskawa America the ability to deliver quickly when our customers need it. “Yaskawa America has outperformed our competition with quick deliveries even with the recent component shortage issue due to the Japan earthquake,” Knapek said.
“We benefit greatly from the work ethic of our employees and the commitment they make to making quality products on time for our customers.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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