Nidec Corporation, Kyoto, Japan, (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) has agreed to start discussions on establishing a joint venture with Hon Hai Technology Group, (TWSE: 2317) and Foxtron Vehicle Technologies Co., Ltd., of Hon Hai Technology Group in Taiwan.
On March 18, 2021, Nidec signed a memorandum of understanding with Foxtron regarding its strategic alliance in the development of electric vehicle (EV) drive systems. Foxtron and Nidec have continued joint development to supply products equipped with Nidec’s traction motor system E-Axle for customers all over the world. Moving forward to prepare the productions further, Hon Hai/Foxtron and Nidec have come to consider establishing the JV. The JV aims to ensure a stable supply of traction motors and other automobile motors for Hon Hai/Foxtron, and to expand sales opportunity of new markets and customers for Nidec. Also, the Company expects that the JV will greatly contribute to the business expansion and growth of all companies related to the JV.
The three companies’ agreements regarding the JV as of now are as follows:
– Hon Hai/Foxtron and Nidec will conduct feasibility studies and contract negotiations with the aim of concluding a joint venture establishment agreement by the end of December 2021.
– The JV will be headquartered in Taiwan and will be established within 2022. In addition, the main business of the JV will be on the development, production and sales of traction motor systems and various motor-related products for automobiles.
– Other details will be decided in future discussions between the three companies. It may be partially changed by discussion.
It is an important initiative for the Company to start full-scale sales to customers in the automobile markets from different industries. The Company would like to learn Hon Hai’s global supply chain operation and management, as well as the manufacturing and technical strength accumulated in the ICT field in the past few decades; and also learn Foxtron’s know-how cultivated through the development experience of EVs and Open EV Platform. By collaborating with Hon Hai/Foxtron, Nidec would like to further evolve Nidec’s strengths of lightness, thinness, shortness & small and high efficiency. Nidec is confident that the establishment of the JV will be an important step in building the Company’s foundation for traction motor production target of 10 million units in 2030.
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Nidec was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1973 by its Chairman Shigenobu Nagamori. In 1979, Nidec became the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a direct drive spindle motor for HDDs based on a brushless DC motor. Since then, the company has grown into a world-leading comprehensive motor manufacturer encompassing more than 300 subsidiaries employing over 100,000 people throughout the world and with annual sales exceeding $13B. Nidec’s motors, drives, generators and related products are found in a diverse range of applications including computers, smartphones, home appliances, automobiles, manufacturing plants, robots and more.