Bearing maker NSK breaks ground for new building at Haruna plant in Japan

Nov 2, 2017   Tier Suppliers

President and CEO, Toshihiro Uchiyama recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Building No. 3 at the Haruna plant (Takasaki, Japan).

When completed, Building No. 3 will enable NSK to meet rising demand, and will also bring together several design and manufacturing engineering departments under a single roof. This will help streamline processes, shorten product development time, and create a more efficient work environment for developing new products that answer changes in the automotive market and that fulfill the needs of the future.

Groundbreaking ceremony

At the ceremony Mr. Uchiyama expressed his thanks to the people involved, noting that the project has been moving forward quickly in light of the substantial need for expanded capacity. He further discussed how the needle bearing market is changing as vehicle electrification and autonomous driving technology gain momentum, and that there has been a shift to emphasise the conservation of the environment, and safety and ease of use for the customer. The rapidly evolving sector is what called for including new R&D facilities in Building No. 3 in addition to the necessary expansion of manufacturing capacity.

Haruna Plant Building No. 3
Address: 941-2 Nakasatomi-machi, Takasaki City, Gunma, Japan
Products: needle bearings
Area: about 10,000 m2
Completion: fall 2018 (planned)
Investment: about JPY 5 billion ($44 million).

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