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Yamaha Motor establishes new technology-based company in Silicon Valley

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that it has established Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc. (abbreviated to YMVSV), which began operation on August 5 local time. Based in Silicon Valley, California, this new company aims to conduct theme research and training for new business development, promotion of commercialization, and development of new business models.

YMVSV has a capital of 450,000 U.S. dollars, provided entirely by Yamaha Motor, and has begun operation with six employees.

The new company will work in the fields of vehicles, robotics, and industrial solutions, conducting business development leveraging the business ecosystem of Silicon Valley.

Yamaha Motor has transferred one staff member in Silicon Valley since May 2014, establishing the new company on July 13, 2015, which has just begun operation as announced.

New Company Outline

Name: Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc.

Location: Menlo Park City, California, U.S.A.

Date established: July 13, 2015 (operation from August 5)

Representative: President Hiroshi Saijo

Business contents:

Theme research and training for new business development, promotion of commercialization, consideration of investment in venture companies, development of new business models, etc.

Employees: 5

Capital: 450,000 US dollars (Yamaha Motor 100% investment)

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