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Nidec to add electric-car motor production outside China

Trade war spurs diversification of fledgling business into Poland and Mexico

Nidec has started shipping parts to the U.S. from Mexico instead of China. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

OSAKA -- Nidec will build motors for electric vehicles at three locations around the world by 2020, rather than just China as previously planned, as the company rethinks its supply strategy amid an increasingly murky business outlook.

The Kyoto-based electrical equipment manufacturer is currently building a factory in China to begin mass production of a traction motor system including a gearbox and inverter developed this year. Now the company plans to make the modules in Poland and Mexico as well.

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