Waukegan, Ill. — Yaskawa Electric recently became the world‚â€™s
first to ship 10 million variable frequency drives. In reaching this milestone, the company now claims to have more than 14 percent of the global market for drives rated from 0.1 to 300kW.
For Yaskawa, developing world‚â€™s firsts has been a common trait, helping numerous
manufacturers contain production costs, which at the same time has contributed to the
drive maker‚â€™s unprecedented growth for more than 30 years.
It took the company 19 years to manufacture its first million drives, a feat it achieved in 1993. Just nine years later, Yaskawa quadrupled this mark, shipping four million more drives. With a new global market strategy behind it, Yaskawa surged into the millennium by adding five million more drive shipments during a five-year period.
The 10-millionth drive was a model from Yaskawa‚â€™s latest generation of variable
frequency drives, the V1000, which it launched late last year.
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