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Japan's Nidec to sell factory automation robots

Motor maker will give labor-saving systems a spin at its own plants first

A Nidec carrier robot zips across a factory floor.

OSAKA -- Japanese electronic parts maker Nidec will offer factory-automating robots and systems as soon as this year, targeting domestic manufacturers seeking labor-saving measures amid a worker drought.

The Kyoto-based company, which aims to do away with overtime for its workers by fiscal 2020, will test the productivity-boosting equipment at its own facilities. It hopes for annual sales of around 200 billion yen ($1.81 billion) for the business by that same fiscal year.

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