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Yaskawa, Motoman Expanding in Brazil

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility near Sao Paulo, Brazil, will soon be the home to Motoman Rototica do Brasil and Yaskawa Electrico do Brasil Ltd., divisions of Yaskawa America, Inc., headquartered in Waukegan, IL. The two divisions, which manufacture AC drives, motion-control products and industrial robots, will operate out of 56,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and 38,000 sq. ft. of office space; another 6000 sq. ft. will be dedicated to training. Some 150 employees will be located on the new campus. More at and

Custom-Machinery Supplier Expanding, Hiring

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
JCR Automation, Inc., Fort ne, IN, a supplier of custom cut-to-length machines, automated assembly systems, waterjet-cutting machines and the like, announced plans to relocate and expand its manufacturing and warehouse space. It also plans to add four new employees to its existing staff of 16. Expansion efforts—to the tune of $200,000 for the facility and another $300,000 in new equipment—will support the company’s continuous development of its process-product line for the high-speed progressive-die stamping industry, and other end-user industries. Learn more at

Record-Setting Robot Sales

Monday, July 30, 2012
North American robot companies sold more robots during the second quarter of 2012 than during any previous quarter since the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has been tracking such statistics. Sales during the quarter jumped 14 percent in units and 28 percent in value compared to the same quarter in 2011. Orders in the first half of 2012 increased 20 percent in units and 29 percent in value over the same period last year. Driving the boost in sales is orders for resistance-welding robots, up 68 percent through the first half of 2012. More at


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