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Robot-maker Toshiba Machine plans return to the Shibaura name

25 October, 2019

The Japanese robot-maker Toshiba Machine is changing its name to Shibaura Machine from 1 April 2020. The change reflects the company’s separation from the Toshiba Corporation in 2017, and is a return to the Shibaura Machine Tool name that it originally used when it was founded in 1938. The company is aiming for a seamless transition go the new name with no impact on 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,” explains Toshiba Machine’s president, Takahiro Mikami. “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,” he adds, “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.”

TM Robotics, which distributes Toshiba Machine robots in EMEA, North and South America and Australia, will continue to supply the company’s six-axis, Scara and Cartesian robots through its network of distributors.

After Toshiba Machine is renamed Shibaura Machine next year, it will continue to supply the same portfolio of six-axis, Scara and Cartesian robots

“From April 2020, TM Robotics will become the official distributor of Shibaura Machine robots,” says TM Robotics’ managing director, Nigel Smith. “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.”

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