Fujiyama is one of the major sights in Japan. A symbol of this Asian country, the 3,776 metre high mountain captivates tourists from all over the world. What few of them may know is that not far from the peak – affectionately known by the locals as “Mount Fuji” – lies the home of Fanuc, a true pioneer in the field of industrial automation. Founded in 1956, the company has built up an entire town of its own in the shadow of the impressive volcanic cone. Factories, research and development centres, administrative buildings, homes, leisure facilities and even a dedicated hospital range over an area covering some 1.5 million square metres. Fanuc describes itself as a world-leading manufacturer of factory automation, industrial robots, CNC systems, wire-cut EDM and injection-moulding machines and vertical machining centres. As such, the group is positioned to spearhead Industry 4.0.