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Motor maker Nidec pounces on biggest ever opportunity

Kyoto-based company banks on boom in electric vehicles, robots and drones

Nidec Chairman and President Shigenobu Nagamori, left, with Gilles Le Borgne, executive vice president of quality and engineering at Groupe PSA, a French partner.

OSAKA -- Japanese motor manufacturer Nidec has seen applications for its bread-and-butter products expand rapidly in recent years, presenting what could be the biggest business opportunity in its history.

Nidec started out as a producer of small precision motors in 1973. The Kyoto-based company is now adapting itself to rising demand for motors in such uses as electric vehicles, robots, energy-saving appliances and drones.

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