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Japanese motor maker opens R&D center in Tainan

Staff writer, with CNA

Japan’s Nidec Corp, a leading maker of micro motors used in electronics devices, yesterday opened a NT$300 million (US$10.2 million) research and development (R&D) center in Greater Tainan.

The new R&D center in the Southern Taiwan Innovation and Research Park, one of Nidec’s three new research facilities set up in Asia this year, which will conduct basic research on motors and related products.

The results of the research will then be forwarded to Nidec’s R&D headquarters in Kawasaki, Japan, a new facility that was established in June.

The center in Greater Tainan will collaborate with Taiwanese academic and industrial institutions, including the Industrial Technology Research Institute and National Cheng Kung University.

Initially, the center will employ 20 people, about the same number as at Nidec’s new research center in Singapore that opened in April. The Japanese company’s aim is to increase the size of the Tainan center’s staff to about 100, according to a statement on its Web site.

Nidec’s goal is to achieve innovation through research and cement its position in the world as a leading micro motor maker, Tadaaki Hamada, a senior vice president with the company, said at the opening ceremony.

The company has R&D centers in Japan, China, Thailand and the Philippines.

This year, the company spent NT$3 billion to set up research facilities in Kawasaki, Singapore and Taiwan, said Yasushi Fukunaga, director of Nidec’s Central Motor Basic Technology Research Institute.

The company, which has 170 subsidiaries worldwide and a staff of 150,000, forecasts it will post a revenue of ¥1 trillion (US$12.8 billion) this year.

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