Yokogawa Europe Celebrates 40 Years of Co-innovation

Amersfoort, Netherlands – 27 October 2022

Yokogawa Europe B.V., a leading provider of industrial automation and control solutions in Europe, is celebrating its
40-year anniversary.

The company has grown from humble beginnings to comprise operations across Europe, including 1,267 employees, two factories in Germany and the Netherlands, 28 sales offices, and more than 60 distributors. Many of Europe’s largest and most innovative companies in the process industries depend on Yokogawa for supply and maintenance of mission-critical systems that underpin safe, reliable and profitable operations.

A history of continuous expansion

Yokogawa acquired Dutch analyzer manufacturer Electrofact in 1982

Yokogawa traces its history back to 1915, when Dr. Tamisuke Yokogawa, a prominent Japanese architect founded an electric meter resource institute in Shibuya, Tokyo. Over the last 107 years, Yokogawa has remained committed to the founding principles of putting quality first, demonstrating a pioneering spirit, and contributing to society. Yokogawa continues to expand the scope of its business from measurement to control and information solutions, and provide essential core technologies that help boost industrial growth.

Yokogawa’s European operations opened in 1982, when it acquired Electrofact B.V., a Dutch analyzer manufacturer, headquartered in Amersfoort, Netherlands. Amersfoort has since become Yokogawa's European headquarters and a production centre for analytical measurement instruments.

Over the past 40 years, Yokogawa has expanded the scope of its European business organically and through key acquisitions of software and solution providers:

1991: Rota (Germany) – a flow meter production company
1992: Contrôle Bailey (France) – a control system company
1994: NBN (Germany) – a test and measurement distributor
1997: GTI (Netherlands) – an integrated safety system company
1997: Marex (UK) – a plant information management software company 
1998: Martron (UK) – a test and measurement distributor
2014: Yokogawa Process Analyzers Europe B.V. established as a manufacturing company
2015: BEST (Turkey) – an industrial automation distributor
2016: KBC Advanced Technologies (UK) – a provider of optimisation software and consultancy 
2019: RAP International (UK) – software for the control of work (Electronic Permit to Work and Integrated Safe Systems of Work)
2021: Insilico Biotechnology (Germany) – a developer of innovative bioprocess digital twin technology

Furthermore, branch offices were opened in Romania and Norway in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Other branch offices were opened in Switzerland and Ireland in 2008.

The next 40 years

Yokogawa Europe’s future efforts will be concentrated on making Europe a better place for future generations. Yokogawa’s core sustainability goals will guide all activities: Achieving net-zero emissions; Making the transition to a circular economy; and Ensuring the well-being of all. The company will continue to be resilient and adaptable, as it has done over the last 40 years. Co-innovation and sustainable value creation with customers will continue to sit at the core of its business.

Takayuki Matsubara, president of Yokogawa Europe, remarked, “The last 40 years have presented us with plenty of challenges, that we have overcome successfully. There will be new challenges ahead, but our history proves that we are resilient and will continue to co-innovate and be there for our customers. We are very proud of the hard work, passion, and dedication of our team members, thank you. As Europe evolves, we will too, thriving as a reliable partner for our customers and delivering a better future for industry and society.”

“Europe’s pursuit of energy security, net-zero emissions and circular economies has turned it into a hotspot of mature and emerging market opportunities and evolving energy mix.” he added. “Yokogawa offers a comprehensive range of solutions that support the future energy system. Utilising our ability to measure, control and optimise, we will continue to be a trusted partner for our European customers.”

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa provides advanced solutions in the areas of measurement, control, and information to customers across a broad range of industries, including energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and food. Yokogawa addresses customer issues regarding the optimisation of production, assets, and the supply chain with the effective application of digital technologies – thereby enabling the transition to autonomous operations. Founded in Tokyo in 1915, Yokogawa continues to work toward a sustainable society through its 17,000+ employees in a global network of 122 companies spanning 61 countries.

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982. Throughout Europe, Yokogawa has its own sales, service, and engineering operations. This dedicated network has been extended to Central and Eastern Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation marketplace. Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany as well as liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select number of Channel Partners are available in certain areas to support specific customer needs of this continuously developing market.

For more information, visit our anniversary website: https://www.yokogawa.com/eu/40th

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Contact Information

For further questions, please contact Diana Cocarlea (diana.cocarlea@ro.yokogawa.com)