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History

Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc. is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which is a century-old Japanese company that was established as a ship builder in 1896. Today, the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group is comprised of over 100 companies in Japan and around the globe, together forming the world's leading industrial and technological business group. KHI has stake in many industries including shipbuilding, rolling stock, aerospace, gas turbine, precision machinery, infrastructure, energy, and powersports.

Over the past century, the KHI Group has expanded its comprehensive technological base, which encompasses the mastery of land, sea, air, and space, under the guiding philosophy of developing cutting-edge technology to create new value in each of these industries. The KHI Group's mission is not only to further technology, but to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc. was incorporated in 1990 in order to service Kawasaki Robotics customers in North America. Today, we have expanded to become a sales and service organization for all of the Americas and have expanded our reach throughout the region with many satellite offices to bring our employees closer to our customers.
 

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1968 Signed license agreement with Unimation (USA)
1969 Started production of the first industrial robot (Unimate) in Japan.
1981 Launched electric robot (P-series)
1983 Launched large general-purpose robot (E-series)
1986 Terminated license agreement, and began to develop our own robots.
1989 Launched small-medium general-purpose robot (J-series)
1990 Founded subsidiary in USA, Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc.
1992 Launched large general-purpose robot (U-series)
Launched all-digital controller (AD-series)
1995 Founded subsidiary in Germany, Kawasaki Robotics GmbH
Robot Division acquired ISO9001
1996 Founded subsidiary in the UK, Kawasaki Robotics (UK), Ltd.
1997 Launched all digital controller (C-series)
Expanded the clean robot business
1998 Launched small-medium general-purpose robot (F-series)
Robot Division acquired ISO14001
1999 Founded subsidiary in Korea, Kawasaki Machine Systems Korea, Ltd.
Launched large, general-purpose robot (Z-series)
2000 Acquired painting robot business from Kobe Steel
Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NS-series)
2002 Launched painting robot (K-series)
Launched extra-heavy duty robot (M-series)
Launched controller (D-series)
2003 Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NX-series)
2004 Developed and launched new technology FSJ (Friction Spot Joining)
2006 Founded subsidiary in China, Kawasaki Robotics (Tianjin), Co., Ltd.
2007 Launched horizontal articulated type clean robot (NT-series)
2008 Launched small-medium, general purpose robot (R-series)
Launched most advanced controller to date (E-series)
2009 Launched parallel type picking robot (Y-series)
2011 Launched spot welding robot (BX-series)
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