- April 20, 2018

Mazda and Toyota tag team on U.S market strategy

On March 9, 2018, Mazda and Toyota Motors announced the establishment of a joint venture, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA (MTMUS), in Alabama. MTMUS will manufacture Toyota’s Corolla models as well as all new Mazda models, for the North A...

- December 3, 2018

Japanese motor giant invests in innovation on its home turf

On August 30, 2018, Daihatsu announced that it would construct a new plant at the Kyoto Plant in Oyamazaki Town, Kyoto Prefecture. Approximately 35billion yen is invested. The total floor area is approximately 42,000 square meters. The n...

- January 25, 2019

Honda increased production of motorcycle scooters in India

On October 4, 2018 Honda announced that it would establish a new production line at the plant of affiliated corporation in India, where motorcycles have been manufactured and sold. The new production line will be set up at the fourth plant ...

Special Features
- September 4, 2019

EMO Hannover 2019 Special Feature

You can peek a part of Japanese FA companies' products, which will be showed off at EMO Hannover 2019.   EMO Hannover 2019, the largest machine tool trade shows, will open its door soon. The EMO Hannover 2019 will be held for six...

- March 27, 2019

North America Toyota makes a large investment of $ 750 million

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Toyota Motor's affiliated corporation in North America, announced on March 15, 2019 that it would invest $750 million in five US vehicle and power train plants. TMNA intends to expand local production o...

- November 19, 2018

Japanese watch pioneer halves production costs through automation

Automated production lines for watches started operation at a plant in Yamagata CASIO, a production subsidiary of Casio.  Investments are not disclosed. Casio's long-selling digital watch "A159WA" will be manufactured on the line.  The a...

- November 21, 2018

Japanese chip manufacturer and American partners expand territory

On July 24, 2018, Toshiba Memory Corporation opened a construction ceremony for a new manufacturing building in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture.  Total investment is expected to reach 1 trillion yen.  It boasts the largest scale in the comp...

- December 2, 2017

New concepts simplify the introduction of robots for manufacturers

With the growing need for factory automation, the demand for robots in the factory is rapidly expanding. However, robots require safety measures and teaching operations to be properly implemented in a facility before they can be considered ...

- January 21, 2019

HAKUTO restarted for the moon landing in three years

ispace, a space start-up company headquartered in Tokyo, restarted the lunar orbit and lunar landing project of the unmanned lander. The project name is "HAKUTO-R" and "R" stands for "Reboot". HAKUTO-R will take on the challenge of th...

- May 17, 2019

Aisin AW determined to establish a new plant in the U.S. for transmissions of SUVs and electric vehicles

Aisin AW, a subsidiary of Aisin Seiki, has recently decided to expand its manufacturing site in North Carolina to strengthen its automatic transmission business. The investment is up to about $400 million. In September 2021, Aisin AW wil...

- July 17, 2018

The production value of robots in Japan recorded the highest ever

Japan Robot Association held a press conference at hotels in Tokyo on May 23, 2018.  They announced production, orders and total shipments in 2017.  They surveyed 56 companies including 42 of member companies and 14 non-members.  Orders wer...

- July 25, 2018

Support for automation of high-mix and low volume production (1/2)

Matsumoto machine sells chuck and rotary tables. The company focuses on allowing organizations to increase sales by reducing labor associated with replacing jaws from chucks. Matsumoto machine recently built a factory showroom, in order to ...

- June 8, 2018

Machine tool manufacturer and on-device measurement company achieve synergy

On May 18, 2018, Blum – Novotest GmbH and Brother Industries co-hosted a private show, named “Bloom On-machine Measurement Exhibition”. The event was held at the Kariya showroom of Brother Industry in Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture in Jap...

- June 20, 2018

FANUC Shows New Functions of Machine-Learning and Deep-Learning(1/4)

AI makes advanced machining easier On April 17 and 18, 2018, FANUC held a “New Product Presentation Exhibition” at its head office in Oshino Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. New products and functions of NC equipment, robots, and...

- March 29, 2018

Major Companies Raise Price of Carbide Tools

Sumitomo Electric Industries will raise the price of carbide tool products by 10-15% from the order received on April 1, 2018 (photo shows the special dealership meeting held on February 13). China, the world's largest producer of primar...

New products
- July 20, 2018

Product Showcase: Bottom-affixing Die mold and component clamping unit

Imao Corporation Clamp [Pullfix] Imao Corporation’s Pullfix is an optimal clamping unit for 5-face milling of die mold and components. The company recently added a compact model with a body diameter of 30mm to its series of products. Th...

New products
- March 28, 2018

New machine offers increased productivity for 3D fiber laser processing

Komatsu Industries Three-dimensional fiber-laser processing machine [TLH510-2/408-2] In December 2017, Japan's Komatsu Industries launched new three-dimensional fiber-laser processing machines, called the “TLH510-2” and “TLH408-2”. Bas...

Japanese job shop report
- September 12, 2018

Japanese job shop report-Hamano Products (1/2)

Hamano Products Hamano Products conducts die mold production and component cutting centering on precision sheet metal machining. Hamano Products has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. The number of employees increased from two in 20...

Japanese job shop report
- November 8, 2018

Japanese Job shop report #2: NIiZUMA SEIKI(1/3)Responding to customers’ needs with 99 MCs

Unprecedented "Job shop" Responding to customers' needs with 99 MCs Many Job shops gather in Tokyo - Ota ward.NIiZUMA SEIKI also has a headquarters in the district and is responsible for the processing of prototype and small lot compone...

- March 11, 2018

Components manufacturer sets Guinness Record for smallest fidget spinner

Minebea Mitsumi, a Japanese manufacturer of small diameter bearings and electronic components, announced on January 22, 2018 that the world’s smallest hand spinner, also known as a fidget spinner, containing its own small diameter bearing w...