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Japanese robot maker taps China's demand for automation

Local partner crucial as Yaskawa Electric leads the way for other makers

Rising wage costs and a labor shortage in the Chinese manufacturing sector have fueled demand for industrial robots.

TOKYO -- As China's production lines become increasingly automated, several Japanese industrial robot makers have established partnerships with local players, eager to increase their presence in the world's largest manufacturing market.

Since 2015, Yaskawa Electric, one of the top four global players in the field, has been jointly developing automation systems with Guangdong-based home appliances maker Midea Group.

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