Nissan unveils ‘smart’ factory in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan: Nissan unveiled a production line at its Tochigi plant with the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative. This unique initiative supports the manufacture of new generation vehicles using innovative technologies and contributes to the achievement of carbon neutrality. Nissan also announced a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at its production plants around the world.


“The automotive industry is going through a period of great change and there is an urgent need to address the global challenge of climate change. We see this as an opportunity to build the strength of monozukuri (manufacturing), part of our DNA, to develop and apply innovative innovations. technologies to overcome the challenges we face, ”said Hideyuki Sakamoto, Nissan executive vice president for manufacturing and supply chain management.

Nissan smart factory

Since its founding, Nissan has honed its ability to manufacture vehicles through high-quality, highly efficient production processes and the superb skills of the company’s takumi (master technicians). However, the business environment surrounding manufacturing is undergoing major changes.

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In Japan, there is a need to break away from conventional labor-intensive manufacturing to cope with an aging society and a severe labor shortage. Unforeseen situations, such as climate change and pandemics, must also be managed. At the same time, industry trends in electrification, vehicle intelligence and connected technologies are making the structure and functionality of vehicles more advanced and complex.

Nissan launched the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative at its Tochigi plant to address these needs and trends. Nissan Intelligent Factory enables Nissan to:

1. Use robots that have inherited the skills of takumi to build new generation vehicles; of the highest quality,

2. Create an improved environment where a wide range of people can work in comfort, and;

3. Achieve a zero-emission production system, thereby accelerating efforts to achieve a carbon-free society.

The Tochigi plant is expected to start production of the all-new Nissan Ariya crossover electric vehicle this fiscal year.

Achieve carbon neutrality

Nissan aims to achieve carbon neutrality in all of its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. The company aims to achieve carbon neutrality in manufacturing by promoting innovations to support higher productivity in assembly vehicles, starting with the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative, and improving fuel and material efficiency in factories.

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Plant equipment is to be fully electrified by 2050 by introducing innovative production technologies and reducing energy consumption. To achieve carbon neutrality in production plants, all electricity used will be generated from renewable energy sources and / or generated with on-site fuel cells that use alternative fuels.

“By rolling out the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative globally, starting with the Tochigi plant, we will more flexibly, effectively and efficiently manufacture next-generation vehicles for a low-carbon society. We will also continue to drive innovation in manufacturing to enrich people’s lives and to support Nissan’s future growth, ”said Sakamoto.

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