WATCH: Nissan unveils ‘Intelligent Factory’ in Japan

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To achieve its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2050, Nissan has been relentlessly pursuing innovative technologies towards a cleaner means of mobility.

On that note, Nissan has unveiled a production line at its Tochigi Plant in Japan featuring the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative. This initiative supports the manufacturing of next-generation vehicles using innovative technologies and contributes to the reduction of Nissan’s carbon footprint.

Nissan has released a video on its official YouTube channel showcasing the Nissan Intelligent Factory. You can watch it here.

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“The automotive industry is in a period of great change, and solving the global challenge of climate change is urgent. We see this as an opportunity to build the strength of monozukuri (manufacturing), a part of our DNA, to develop and apply innovative technologies to overcome the challenges we face,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto.

Since its inception, the Japanese automaker has honed its ability to manufacture vehicles through high-quality and highly efficient production processes as well as the superb skills of the company’s takumi (master technicians).

However, the country’s aging society and serious labor shortage pose a unique challenge causing companies like Nissan to break away from conventional labor-intensive manufacturing.

In addition, unforeseen situations like climate change and pandemics need to be managed. At the same time, industry trends in electrification, vehicle intelligence, and connected technologies are making vehicle structure and functionality more advanced and complex.

In response to these growing trends, Nissan introduced the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative.

According to Nissan, the Intelligent Factory will enable them to:

  1. Use robots that have inherited the skills of takumi to manufacture next-generation vehicles of the highest quality,
  2. Create an improved environment where a wide range of people can work comfortably, and;
  3. Realize a zero-emission production system, thereby accelerating efforts to achieve a decarbonized society.

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

Nissan plans to implement the Intelligent Factory in its other plants in the future. This means that its factories will use fully electrified equipment that supports higher productivity in vehicle assembly while using renewable sources of energy.

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