As a global leader in industrial automation and test and measurement solutions, the company has established a strong presence across Europe.
Ján Veselý, country manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia started with a team of only two people in 2004 (the company started in 1994). The year 2011 saw the opening of a branch office in the Czech Republic and on July 31 this year, Yokogawa Czech Republic s.r.o. was registered as a fully-owned Czech entity headquartered in the city of Brno, an important center of engineering excellence in the region. The firm also maintains offices in Ostrava and Prague in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in Slovakia.
“We work closely with customers and partners, especially across key markets like Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States region and Iraq to support the optimization of refineries, chemical and fertilizer plants,” said Veselý.
In terms of its sales team’s capabilities, the company is shifting focus from simply selling products to delivering complete service, maintenance and support solutions.
“Aligning with the country’s economic growth and industrial evolution, we are driven to provide end-to-end solutions for Japanese and multinational manufacturing companies in the Czech Republic,” said Jaroslav Sucháň, sales manager for the country.
CombustionONE is one example of an integrated solution for combustion-based processes which Yokogawa recently introduced to address the demands of the refining, chemical, specialty chemical, power, metals and pulp and paper markets where combustion control and management play an important role.
Sucháň also sees a great opportunity to help companies in the region facing a shortage of skilled labor through automation.
Yokogawa is looking for more talented engineers to grow with them and has partnered with Brno University of Technology and the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava.
“We are well positioned for future growth,” concluded Veselý. “Our competitive advantages are our flexibility in meeting our customer’s needs and the trust we have built with them through the years.”