WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Yaskawa Electric Corp. has agreed to acquire a majority of the shares of VIPA, a Herzogenaurach, Germany-based supplier of automation technology and control solutions.

With this acquisition, Yaskawa is implementing its plan to become a “Total Solution Provider,” according to the company.

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A combination of VIPA’s product portfolio of PLCs, I/O modules and HMI, with Yaskawa’s inverter, AC servo and robot product lines, will enable the company to offer a comprehensive automation solution portfolio for a diverse set of markets.

“VIPA is a perfect fit for Yaskawa. There are no overlaps in our product portfolios, but they are very complementary with much synergies to be expected,” said Koichi Takamiya, CEO and regional head for Europe, Yaskawa Europe GmbH.