Yokogawa is a worldwide leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test & Measurement solutions. The Japanese company has been firmly rooted in Europe for almost forty years. And the office in the Netherlands is not only one of the locations from where complex factory processes are automated, it is also the European headquarters. But how does it contribute to a green industry? Managing director Peter Roodenburg explains.
Creating higher efficiency in the industry
Automating gaseous and liquid processes in plants is what Yokogawa focuses on. This means that Yokogawa is active wherever gases and liquids flow. So, in the oil and gas, the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food industries and nowadays also in renewable energy. The processes in comparable plants are controlled by cutting-edge software and hardware developed by Yokogawa itself. This way the company contributes to higher efficiency in plants all over the world and ultimate safety for people and the environment, which ultimately leads to fewer emissions and improved yields.
Opportunities for energy transition
Sustainability is high on the industry’s agenda these days. Peter Roodenburg has a clear vision on this subject for the coming years. As far as he is concerned, Europe should continue to lead in the energy transition. For instance, in the hydrogen economy in which Yokogawa has great faith and would like to contribute to the nationwide energy transition. “If the governments proactively pursue a clear energy transition policy, I believe Western Europe could become an example for many other countries partly because of our knowledge and positioning. “
Energy transition conditions
“We need several energy storage and transportation options, for energy produced by for example wind or solar. Hydrogen creates endless possibilities for this. I am convinced that Yokogawa can contribute to the technical aspects of the energy transition, whereby standardisation and clear and stable governmental policies are essential enablers; to do this swiftly and to create coexistence with the existing infrastructure” said Peter.
Yokogawa’s DNA focuses on a healthy environment for everyone
If you look at Yokogawa's corporate DNA, you will see that we attach great importance to a healthy climate for everyone. To achieve this, we exchange knowledge with our customers and partners and join forces to help the industry reach its net-zero emissions targets in the industry. I am very proud to be a member of this beautiful company with a great team of almost 500 people with 33 different nationalities in the Netherlands. We are truly a people’s company. Our employees come from all over the world, although a large part is native. That's because Yokogawa strongly believes in bonding with the local culture.”
Read more about how Yokogawa assists the industry with renewable energy applications, contributing to the sustainable development goals.
This piece is partly based on the interview from Peter Roodenburg conducted by Iris Janssen on the UtrechtRegion website.