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Nidec to triple output of robot arm component as automation soars

Japan motor maker expands Philippine plant, aiming to double sales by fiscal 2025

Nidec will boost production of gear reducers used in joints for robot arms. (Image courtesy of the company)

TOKYO -- Japanese motor maker Nidec plans to nearly triple production capacity for a key part in industrial robots this fiscal year, taking advantage of the rapid rise in demand for automation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The expansion focuses on gear reducers, particularly strain wave gears, used mainly in joints for robot arms. Nidec will spend 10 billion yen ($80 million) to enlarge a manufacturing site in the Philippines, lifting the company's total capacity combined with domestic facilities to 80,000 units per month from 30,000 now.

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