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Japan robot makers outperform Europeans in profitability

In-house motor production proving key as rivals compete for China market

Demand for industrial robots is expected to keep rising broadly.

TOKYO -- Japanese robot makers Fanuc and Yaskawa Electric continue to beat European rivals in profit margin as their ability to produce core motor parts in-house gives them a competitive advantage.

The pair and the other two top players worldwide,  ABB of Switzerland and Germany's Kuka, together hold more than 50% of the global market for industrial robots, Nikkei estimates.

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