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Long-standing robot manufacturer heads back to its roots

Toshiba Machine becomes Shibaura Machine

Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd. has announced it will change its corporate name to Shibaura Machine Co. Ltd. from 1st April 2020. TM Robotics, the official distributor of Toshiba Machine robots for EMEA, North and South America and Australia, will continue to supply the company’s extensive range of six-axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots through its distributor network.

Returning to its original name — the company was initially founded as Shibaura Machine Tool Co. in 1938 — Toshiba Machine’s name change will reflect its formal separation from the larger Toshiba Corporation in 2017.

While Toshiba Machine may be moving away from the name from April 1, 2020, the company aims for a seamless transition with no impact to business, customers or shareholders.

“To continue our evolution, our company will change its name to Shibaura Machine, and focus on providing customers with greater flexibility and responsiveness,” explained Takahiro Mikami, president of Toshiba Machine. “We look forward to continuing our growth and industry-leading contributions to the markets we serve in the future. Even though the name is changing, our commitment remains the same. Our goal as Shibaura Machine is to be a supplier of the highest quality machinery and systems, one that is well-positioned to grow and contribute to the global economy for decades to come.”

“From April 2020, TM Robotics will become the official distributor of Shibaura Machine robots,” continued Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics. “The corporate name change will have no bearing on TM Robotics and our global distributor network, nor will it change the outstanding quality of the industrial solutions we offer — same robots, new name.

“TM Robotics customers can be assured that the quality of the robots we distribute will continue to be of the very highest that they are accustomed to. The same expert Japanese engineering will be present in every robot we supply.”

TM Robotics will be exhibiting with official UK distribution partner, RARUK Automation, at the Robotics and Automation Show 2019 from 29-30 October in Coventry, UK, with a number of the TM Robotics team on hand at stand 702 to answer any questions.

Toshiba Machine’s full robot range is available to view on the TM Robotics website. If you are unsure which robot is right for your application, speak to the experts at TM Robotics on +44 (0) 1707 290370.