Yaskawa is increasing its presence in Europe and building its first European robot factory in Slovenia. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new plant took place on 2 November 2017 in the Slovenian city of Kočevje. In the medium-term Yaskawa's aim is to become one of the leading manufacturers of industrial robots in its strategic target markets in Europe. Its first European Motoman robots will be manufactured in 2018. The plant is intended to cover around 80 percent of the demand for robots in Europe and has involved an investment of around 25 million euros. Yaskawa will create approximately 200 new jobs at its own plant and more at its European suppliers. At the ground-breaking ceremony Bruno Schnekenburger, president of the robotics division of Yaskawa Europe GmbH, said, "The new production and development facilities will allow us to offer our customers in Europe very short delivery times and a wider range of options for customer-specific robotic solutions. The increase in our regional development capacity will bring us closer to European market and technology trends."