Lean Manufacturing

    Nidec’s new facility in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    When Nidec Corporation, based in Kyoto, Japan, acquired Leroy Somer and Control Techniques’ industrial automation businesses from Emerson in January 2017, it soon found itself with three separate factories operating in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. All three factories were within a small radius, justifying the decision to consolidate operations in pursuit of growing a systems business focused on energy storage and variable speed drive technology. “Together, we will become one of the largest commercial and industrial motor, drive, and generator companies in the world with approximately US$4 billion annual sales. This acquisition will enhance our capabilities and provide a greater geographic presence to service our global customer base,” said CEO Kei Pang in regard to the 2017 acquisitions.

    THE FACILITY

    Nidec’s new facility will house the company’s encoder manufacturing and panel building for systems, including battery energy storage systems. “In the future, we will extend the capability for the assembly and testing of low-power MV [medium-voltage] drives for the North American market,” said Kaila Haines, marketing and communication director at Nidec.

    Cleveland offers a strategic advantage for Nidec, serving as the company’s epicenter for its service business. “We have field service engineers and partners throughout North America and these activities are managed out of the Cleveland facility,” said Haines.

    With the chance to design a brand-new facility, Nidec decided to…

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