The grouprsquos combination of robotics systems and CNC controls makes it one of the most influential in global manufacturing

FANUC Consolidates North, South American Operations

Dec. 10, 2013
+$1 billion in sales 22 locations, Michigan headquarters “Unique synergies”

FANUC, one of the most influential technology suppliers to manufacturers worldwide, is combining all its operations in North and South America into a single enterprise, FANUC America Corporation, with 22 locations and headquarters in Rochester Hills, Mich.

In a release, the Japanese parent company stated the new organization represents total annual sales over $1 billion. Rick Schneider, previously president of FANUC Robotics America is the president and CEO of the new FANUC America Corp.

FANUC is one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial robots and robotics, for machine tending, welding, material handling, and other manufacturing tasks.

Another important line of business is manufacturing control technologies: FANUC is one of two major developers and suppliers of CNC controls for machine tools, cutting tools, and metal forming lines.

The preceding companies, FANUC Robotics America and FANUC CNC America, were organized in early 2010, as the parent company consolidated several former joint-venture operations in the automation and controls sectors under its own brand.

Now, the group states that FANUC America Corporation will “leverage the unique synergies” of the two lines of business to support its customers better with products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation.  

"The merger of the FANUC companies in the Americas better enables us to accomplish our mission of increasing the competitiveness of North and South American manufacturers by creating opportunities for them to maximize their efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability," according to Schneider.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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