Latest UpdatesShanghai STEP Electric Corporation, a Chinese manufacturer of industrial robots and mechatronics, establishes a Japanese subsidiary in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

Sep 24, 2020

Established in 1995 in Shanghai, China, Shanghai STEP Electric CorporationExternal site: a new window will open. develops, manufactures, and sells welding robots, handling robots, motion control systems, special frequency inverters, and elevator control systems, etc. The company was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010. The company has 2,000 employees and bases in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Guangdong, China, and Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Brazil. Capitalizing on their products' superior quality and price competitiveness, the company exports and sells to more than 60 countries.

The Chinese headquarters has already developed and operated a system for simultaneous connection and control of multiple small-scale general-purpose robots and other devices in the same production line on the shop floor using a wired network. In Japan, the company plans to scale up the system using a local 5G network, the next-generation mobile communications system that is expected to launch in the spring of 2020. In November 2019, the company established a Japanese subsidiary, STEP JP K.K., in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, to conduct R&D of a system for smart factories, enabling simultaneous connection, information collection, and control of multiple production lines, and production control/shipping management software.

Upon establishing the company in Japan, JETRO's Invest Japan Business Support Center (IBSC) introduced local governments and service providers (real estate agencies, certified legal specialists for company registration, tax accountants), and provided information on incentives and consulting (registration, tax).

Robotic production line in a STEP factory

Mobile phone screw tightening line by the STEP robot (SCARE)

Press line by the STEP robot

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