FANUC's History

In 1956, the first NC in Japanese private sector was developed successfully. Since then, FANUC have continued to develop new technology into their products.
The history of FANUC has been recognized the history of CNC itself.

The first NC in the Japanese private sector was developed successfully.

1956
  • The first NC in the Japanese private sector was developed successfully.
1958
  • The first commercial FANUC NC was shipped to Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.
1959
  • The first continuous path NC in Japan was developed.
  • The first electro-hydraulic pulse motor was developed.

Electro-hydraulic pulse motor

1960
  • The first open loop NC, FANUC 220 was developed.
1965
  • The first NC for linear cutting was developed and made a historic boom in Japan.
1966
  • The first all-IC type NC was developed.
1968
  • The first commercial DNC in the world was completed.
1969
  • The fully modularized NC was developed.
1972
  • FUJITSU FANUC LTD was founded and became independent from FUJITSU LIMITED.
  • CNC was introduced.
  • NC drill was developed.
1974
  • Industrial robots were developed and installed in our factory.
  • Dr. S. Inaba, President of FANUC was rewarded with the 6th Annual Memorial Award of "Joseph Marie Jacquard" by the American NC Society.
  • The production and sale of DC servo motors were started under GETTYS MANUFACTURING CO., INC license.
1975
  • Wire-cut electric discharge machine was developed.
1976
  • GENERAL NUMERIC CORPORATION was jointly established in the U.S.A. by FANUC and Siemens A.G.
1977
  • SME Engineering Citation was awarded to Dr. S. Inaba, President of FANUC.
  • The government of People's Republic of Bulgaria decorated Dr. S. Inaba with "Madarski Konnik 1st Degree".
  • FANUC USA CORPORATION was established.
  • The Automation System Laboratory was opened.
1978
  • KOREA NUMERIC CORPORATION was jointly established by FANUC and Hwacheon Machinery Works Co., Ltd.
  • FANUC EUROPE S.A. was established.
1980
  • FANUC-MACHINEX JOINT OFFICE was established in Bulgaria.
  • FANUC U.K. LIMITED was established.
  • FANUC GERMANY GmbH was established.
  • The Fuji Factory was completed.
1981
  • FANUC-MACHINEX LTD was established in Bulgaria (formerly FANUC MACHINEX JOINT OFFICE).
  • The Emperor Showa awarded "Medal with purple ribbon" to Dr. S. Inaba.
1982
  • FANUC MECHATRONICS S.A. was established in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
  • The Technical Training Center was opened.
  • GMFanuc Robotics Corporation was jointly established in the U.S.A. by FANUC and General Motors.

Chaiman of GM and Dr. S. Inaba
Chaiman of GM and Dr. S. Inaba

  • On July 1, the corporate name was changed from FUJITSU FANUC LTD to FANUC LTD.
  • On September 19, Lady Margaret Thatcher, the then British Prime minister, visited FANUC Fuji Complex.

Lady Thatcher
Lady Thatcher

  • FANUC AC servo motor was developed.
1983
  • 600 FANUC ROBOTICS LIMITED was jointly established in the U.K. by FANUC and the 600GROUP PLC.
  • On November 26, His Royal Highness Crown Price Henri of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg visited the FANUC Fuji Complex.

Royal Highness Crown Price Henri of Luxembourg
Royal Highness Crown Price Henri of Luxembourg

1984
  • On July 11, His Majesty the Emperor (the then Crown Prince) visited FANUC Fuji Complex.

His Majesty the Emperor (the then Crown Prince)
His Majesty the Emperor (the then Crown Prince)

  • Upon completion of the new Head Office, the CNC Factory, the Injection Molding Machine Factory and the Basic Research Laboratory at the foot of Mt. Fuji, the Headquarters were transffered from Hino City, Tokyo.
  • The fully electric plastic injection molding machine "FANUC AUTOSHOT" was developed.
1985
  • FANUC Series 0 was developed.
  • Grand Duke de Luxembourg honored Dr. S. Inaba with the Commandeur de l'Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chene.
1986
  • The Central Technical Center, the Robot Assembly Factory and the Production Technology Laboratory were constructed in the Headquarters area.
  • The Memorandum of Agreement was signed with General Electric to establish a joint venture company for factory automation.

Chairman of GE and Dr. S. Inaba
Chairman of GE and Dr. S. Inaba

  • On October 13, the Emperor Showa visited FANUC Headquarters.
  • FANUC TAIWAN LIMITED was established.
  • GE Fanuc Automation Corporation was jointly estabished in the U.S.A. by FANUC and General Electric. Under the new JV company, three operating companies, i.e. GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., in the U.S.A., GE Fanuc Automation Europe S.A. in Luxembourg and Fanuc GE Automation Asia Ltd. in Japan were established. The Asian company was established in 1987.
1987
  • Dr. S. Inaba was rewarded with "J. F. Engelberger Award for Technical Development" by Robotic Industries Association.
  • The FANUC Medical Center and the FANUC Collection of Historical Art Materials were established.
  • Dr. S. Inaba was awarded "the 1987 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal" by ASME/SME of the U.S.A.
1988
  • The Product Development Laboratory was constructed in the Headquarters area and transffered from Hino, Tokyo.
  • On June 23, His Royal Highness Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands visited FANUC Headquarters.
1989
  • The Tsukuba Factory and the FANUC Culture Center were established.
  • The Foundation for Promotion of Advanced Automation Technology was established.
  • Dr. S. Inaba was awarded with "the Grand Officier de l'Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
1990
  • His Majesty the Emperor awarded "Medal with blue ribbon" to Dr. S. Inaba.
1991
  • A monument was erected in commemoration of the visit of Emperor Showa to FANUC (its saya-do or "building to enclose it" was named Akebono-Kan).
  • The System Factory and the Hayato Factory were constructed.
1992
  • Dr. S. Inaba was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.
  • GM Fanuc Robotics Corporation was restructured to FANUC's wholly owned share hoding company, FANUC Robotics Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, FANUC Robotics North America, Inc., and FANUC Robotics Europe GmbH.
  • BEIJING-FANUC Mechatronics CO., LTD was jointly established by FANUC and the Beijing Machine Tool Research Institute of the Ministry of Machinery Industry of China.
  • Fanuc India Limited was established as a joint venture with local companies in India.
1993
  • On April 20, His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Luxembourg visited FANUC.
1994
  • TATUNG-FANUC ROBOTICS COMPANY was jointly established in Taiwan by FANUC, TATUNG COMPANY and GE Fanuc Automation Corporation.
1995
  • Fanuc GE Automation Singapore Pte. Ltd. was jointly established in Singapore by FANUC and GE Fanuc Automation Corporation.
  • Dr. S. Inaba was decorated with "the Second Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure".
1996
  • On May 16, the honorable Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, visited FANUC headquarters.
1997
  • Shanghai-FANUC Robotics CO., LTD. was jointly formed in China by FANUC and Shanghai Mechanical & Electric Industrial Investment Corp.
  • The new Servo Motor Factory was constructed.
1998
  • On May 15, His Exellency Mr. Natsagiin Bagabandi, the President of Mongolia, and Mrs. Natsagiin Bagabandi visited FANUC.
1999
  • On April 8, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress of Japan visited FANUC with Their Royal Highness the Grand-Duke and the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg.
2000
  • The Sheet Metal Factory and the Nature Hall were completed.
  • Fanuc India Limited was restructured to FANUC's fully owned company.
  • On Oct. 15, Prime Minister Chinese Zhu Rongji visits FANUC.
2001
  • The new Roboshot Factory and the Cooking Center were completed.
2003
  • FANUC VIETNAM LIMITED was established.
  • The local corporation was established in Russia. ("FANUC AUTOMATION" LLC)
  • On May 20, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince visited FANUC.
2004
  • FANUC EUROPE SERVICE GmbH was established.
  • FANUC ROBOMACHINE EUROPE SALES GmbH was established.
  • FANUC CZECH s.r.o. was established.
2005
  • Nagoya Sales Branch was established.
  • GE Fanuc Automation Europe S.A. was restructured and demerged into GE Fanuc Automation CNC Europe S.A. and GE Fanuc Automation Solutions Europe S.A.
  • FANUC ROBOSHOT EUROPE GmbH was established.
  • The Servo Motor & Spindle Motor Factory was completed.
2006
  • The new Press & Die Cast Factory was completed.
  • FANUC HUNGARY SERVICE and FANUC ROBOMACHINE FRANCE were established.
  • FANUC EUROPE SERVICE GmbH was renamed to FANUC EUROPE GmbH.
2007
  • FANUC SOUTH AMERICA SERVICE LTD was established.
  • GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc. changed its name to GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
  • GE Fanuc Automation CNC Europe S.A. changed its name to Fanuc GE CNC Europe S.A.
  • FANUC FA SERVICE LTD, FANUC ROBOT SERVICE LTD and FANUC LASER SERVICE LTD merged and became FANUC SERVICE LTD.
  • FANUC POLAND SERVICE LTD was established.
  • FANUC NORDIC SERVICE AB was established.
  • The facility of Cut Manufacturing Department of Tsukuba Factory, also known as Akebonosugi (Metasequoia) Factory, and Nagoya Technical Center were completed.
2008
  • FANUC SWITZERLAND SERVICE GmbH was established.
  • The Fanuc Rome bath and the CNC Factory were completed.

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