Team member since branch inception in 2011 excited to build on collective achievements

Yamaha Robotics is exicted to announce that it has appointed Ms Ai Nagakubo as Branch Manager at the company’s European headquarters in Neuss, near Duesseldorf, Germany from 1st January 2024.

Ms. Nagakubo joined Yamaha Robotics at the organisation’s founding in 2011. She takes over as Branch Manager, moving from her previous position as Corporate Department Manager handling finance, human resources, logistics operations, and working closely with Yamaha Corporation in Japan.

Ms. Ai NagakuboMs. Ai Nagakubo

As Branch Manager, Ms. Nagakubo will oversee both sections of Yamaha Robotics, Surface Mount Technology and Factory Automation, to ensure continued business development focusing on sales growth, collaboration with distributors and technical partners. Both sections are introducing new innovations at a rapid pace, including new smart-factory software to assist advanced surface-mount electronics assembly, AI-powered optical inspection, and new component-mounting and printing platforms including the award-winning YRM20DL dual-lane mounter. The Factory Automation section has revealed new industrial robots including flexible transport modules and a new cost-efficient SCARA model for cleanroom applications such as semiconductor manufacturing, food processing, and medical-device assembly, as well as innovative handling solutions developed with system integrator partners.

Applying her strategic vision and commitment to success, Ms. Nagakubo will work to exceed corporation’s goals and objectives. She stated, “It is a privilege to have been a part of this talented team, contributing to the high-tech business community in Europe. I am excited at the opportunity to build on the solid foundation we have created and to work closely with everyone as we move forward to reach even greater achievements in the future.”

About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section

Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section, a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation, produces a complete selection of equipment for high-speed inline electronic assembly. This 1 STOP SMART SOLUTION includes solder paste printers, component mounters, 3D solder paste inspection machines, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip-chip hybrid placers, dispensers, intelligent component storage, and management software.

Bringing the Yamaha way to electronics manufacturing, these systems prioritize intuitive operator interaction, efficient coordination between all inline processes, and modularity enabling users to meet the latest manufacturing demands. Group competencies in servo-motor control and image recognition for vision (camera) systems ensure extreme accuracy with high speed.

The current product line includes the latest YR equipment generation, with advanced automated features for programming, setup, and changeovers, and new YSUP management software with state-of-the-art graphics and built-in data analytics.

Combining design and engineering, manufacture, sales, and service competencies, Yamaha SMT Section ensures operational efficiency and easy access to support for customers and partners. With regional offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America, the company provides truly global presence.