The industrial robot manufacturer Yaskawa opened its new company headquarters in Allershausen near Munich, Germany, on 23 October 2012. The company has invested 12.5 million euros in the new building. The new company headquarters covers an area of around 14,000 square metres and Yaskawa will create around 50 new jobs there. "Allershausen is our centre of expertise for the EMEA countries," said Manfred Stern, President & COO of Yaskawa Europe, describing the role of the new site at the opening ceremony. From Allershausen, the Robotics Division of Yaskawa Europe covers the markets of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the countries of the former Soviet Union.