News Releases 2020Kofu Meidensha’s new EV motor plant starts operations

Meidensha Corporation (Meiden) held a ceremony on October 19 to mark the start of operations at a new plant for electric vehicle (EV) motors. The plant had been under construction at Kofu Meidensha Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Meiden, with the aim of further stabilizing and expanding Meiden’s EV business.

This investment is part of the growth investment framework in Meiden’s Medium-term Management Plan 2020. The company is aiming to further increase the scale of its EV business by enhancing the production line with this new plant, which serves as the core of manufacturing motors for automobiles to meet growing demand in the expanding EV market.

The ceremony was attended by Yamanashi Governor Kotaro Nagasaki; Chuo City Mayor Hisao Tanaka; and Koichi Kudo, Deputy Director of the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, among many other distinguished guests. These guests participated in the ribbon cutting following the ceremony, together with Meiden President Takeshi Miida.

From left: Chuo Mayor Hisao Tanaka; Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Deputy Director Koichi Kudo; Meiden President Takeshi Miida; and Yamanashi Governor Kotaro Nagasaki

Considering the acceleration in the shift to a decarbonized society and the rapid evolution of electric, data and smart technologies for vehicles, Meiden will put emphasis on the electrification of vehicles. The company will also be dedicated to the EV business to contribute to society through vehicle automation.

A scene from the ceremony

Meiden President Takeshi Miida, left, with Yamanashi Governor Kotaro Nagasaki

Meiden President Takeshi Miida, left, with Chuo Mayor Hisao Tanaka

■ Outline of the new plant building and equipment

-Total floor space: about 3,500 m2

-Production capacity: 170,000 units per year (maximum annual production)

-Environmental consideration
Use of natural energy
⇒250 kW photovoltaic system installed on the roof

Reduction of energy consumption for air conditioning
⇒Use of highly insulating materials for windows, roofs and exterior walls
⇒Use of individually distributed air conditioners and total heat exchangers

Reduction of water usage
⇒Uses water-saving sanitary appliances

The building has received the highest rating of 5 stars from BELS*.
* BELS: Building-Housing Energy-efficiency Labeling System

-Thorough quality control
Image inspection
⇒Missing article detection, screw hole and cable position detection, clamping position control, etc.

Temperature control
⇒Shrink fit condition control, adhesive curing condition control, etc.

Uniform process data management
⇒Linked to traceability database

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