Japanese robotics firm eyeing Subic manufacturing facility

Posted 4 years ago

Photo Credit: Nikkei Asian Review

By Jonas Reyes

Subic Bay Freeport– Japanese robotics firm Nidec-Shimpo Corporation (Japan), known for supplying precision gears to the industrial automation marketplace, is planning to set up a manufacturing facility in this premier Freeport.

The robotics firm is a wholly-owned company of Japan’s Nidec Corporation and a sister-company of Nidec Subic Philippine Corporation.

It is planning to manufacture reduction gears which are necessary to control speed and traction of electronic equipment.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Atty. Wilma Eisma was briefed by Nidec-Shimpo Corporate Planning Manager Tadahiro Togami, Corporate Planning Chief Manager Otoharu Tomita and Vice President for Administration Tetsuya Nakao on the planned investment.

They said that the proposed Subic operations will initially hire 100 workers, and eventually up to 1,000 workers.

Eisma said the proposed project will fortify the presence of Japanese companies at the Subic Technology Park (STEP), which now hosts some of the leading innovators and manufacturers in the field of technology.

“Aside from proving the continuing investor confidence in this premier free port and economic zone, the entry of Nidec-Shimpo will further elevate Subic’s place in high-end manufacturing and increase the stature of local workers in the areas of precision engineering and technology,” she added.

The reduction gears that Nidec-Shimpo will produce in Subic will be exported to Europe, Eisma said.

The company, which has affiliated companies worldwide, is engaged in the manufacture and sales of variable speed drive and speed reducers, factory automation systems, ceramic equipment, electronic instruments, DC brushless motors, press machines and fee attachments, dies, and other machinery and tools.

Currently, Nidec-Shimpo has plants and marketing offices in the United States, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, India, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

According to SBMA Business and Investment Department for Manufacturing and Maritime (BID-MM) head Karen Magno, Nidec-Shimpo’s sister firm in Subic is now the world’s top manufacturer of small precision motors.

She added that Nidec Subic Philippines currently holds the largest market share in the world for spindle motors, which rotate disks and are at the heart of hard disk drives used in personal computers.


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