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FANUC LTD.
Type Public KK (TYO: 6954)
Founded 1972, spin-off from Fujitsu
Headquarters Oshino-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Area served Worldwide
Key people Dr. Eng. Seiuemon Inaba (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Eng. Yoshiharu Inaba (President & CEO)
Industry Manufacturing, Robotics
Revenue ¥388.271 million JPY (2008)[1]
Operating income ¥134.449 million JPY (2008)[1]
Profit ¥97.162 million JPY(2008)[1]
Employees 4,872 consolidated (2007)[2]
Website www.fanuc.co.jp

FANUC or FANUC LTD (ファナック株式会社 Fanukku Kabushikigaisha ?) (TYO: 6954) is a Japanese electromechanical manufacturer specializing in robotics. It is one of the largest maker of industrial robots in the world. It is part of the Furukawa Group. FANUC had its beginnings as part of Fujitsu developing numerical controls (NCs) and servo systems. The company name is an acronym for Fuji Automatic Numerical Control. [3]

In 1972, the Computing Control Division became independent and FANUC Ltd was established.[4]

FANUC is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Section 1, 6954. It is headquartered in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Among FANUC's biggest clients are many US and Japanese automobile and electronics manufacturers. FANUC probably more than any other Japanese company has been instrumental in developing Japan's image as a producer of precision and quality equipment. Use of industrial robots has allowed companies like Panasonic in Amagasaki to run factories which produce 2 million television sets a month (mostly high end plasma LCD screens including the world's largest at 103 inches), with just 15 people.[5]

FANUC has joint ventures, subsidiaries, and sales offices on 5 continents and over 22 countries.

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Subsidiaries and joint ventures

FANUC Robotics America, Inc. is the leading supplier of robotic automation in North and South America. It offers over 175 robot model variations to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. It also produces software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of state-of-the-art robotic systems. Headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, FANUC Robotics America has ten regional locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The company provides these systems for a variety of industries - from automotive and fabricated metals to medical devices and plastics. The company began in 1982 as a joint venture between FANUC Ltd and General Motors Corporation, named GMFanuc Robotics Corporation. A staff of 70 began work at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. In 1992, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan.

FANUC Robotics Europe S.A., a sister company, is headquartered in Luxembourg, and serves customers throughout Europe. Sales, service and support are provided worldwide.

FANUC America Corporation is responsible for CNC operations in North and South America. It offers CNC and laser technical services, training, replacement parts, PCB and motor repair and return, field support, and after hours support. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, FANUC AMERICA has over 30 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The company provides these services to machine tool builders, machine tool dealers, and small mom and pop tool shops across a variety of industries. In 1977, the company was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms was a joint venture between General Electric and FANUC Ltd. that began in 1986. In 2009, GE and FANUC Ltd. agreed to split, with FANUC Ltd. retaining the CNC business. GE will rename the company GE Intelligent Platforms.[6]


On January 1, 2010, Fanuc America Corporation and the prior CNC business unit from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms in the US were combined into a new company by the name of FANUC CNC America. This new business unit is a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd, Japan and now offers CNC systems, Lasers, Manufacturing Intelligence software products, field repairs and advanced technical services, expanded training classes, a vast inventory of CNC replacement parts, PCB motor repair and return, field support, and CS-24 after hours support. This new company will be headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois,

See also

Origin of GMF Robotics

References

  1. ^ a b c Consolidated financial results for the year ended 31 March 2008. "Fiscal 2007 Annual Financial Results" (pdf). 2008-04-24. http://www.fanuc.co.jp/en/ir/irlibrary/pdf/tansin39_e.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-07.  
  2. ^ "FANUC LTD Corporate Profile". FANUC LTD. 2007-09-30. http://www.fanuc.co.jp/en/profile/headquarters/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-06.  
  3. ^ cnn.com I, Robot
  4. ^ "FANUC's Management - Profile". FANUC LTD. http://www.fanuc.co.jp/en/profile/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-06.  
  5. ^ TrustedReviews.com Panasonic Press Tour Japan 2007 p2-3
  6. ^ American Machinist, GE, Fanuc Agree to Split

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