e-Power Technology

Nidec Expands with Broadened Products from Acquisitions & New Motor Plants in India, Serbia 

Motor manufacturer Nidec has made significant expansions to its capabilities recently through two corporate acquisitions plus adding new manufacturing plants in India and Serbia. All involve various degrees of magnetic technology and add new dimensions to Nidec’s market presence. It has:

acquired Houma Armature, a motor and generator service company in the USA;

acquired Midori Precisions, a producer of potentiometers and encoders in Japan;

opened two new factories in Serbia to meet growing demand for automotive motors and inverters in Europe while establishing a center for a cluster of future manufacturing operations;

added a new manufacturing plant in India for producing e-bike motors.

In December, it held an opening ceremony for the new, second building of its existing factory in Neemrana, India where it will now manufacture drive motors for electric bikes with an output of 30kW or less. The existing factory produces automotive, appliance, commercial, and industrial motors. Global sales of electric two-wheel vehicles are expected to grow from 2.6 million units in 2020 to 13 million units in 2030. Nidec plans to tap into the demand by manufacturing 90,000 e-bike motors per month at the factory. […]

e-Power Technology

Swedish Automaker Polestar Designs New PM Motors for Its High-Performance EVs, Plans Magnet Recycling with Cyclic Materials 

Featuring powerful new motors of a permanent magnet synchronous design, Swedish automaker Polestar is rapidly expanding its production of electric vehicle models with high power output and speedy performance. Begun as an auto racing engineering enterprise, the company’s approach is to focus on exceptional design for high performance while conducting manufacturing through the facilities of others and focusing on overall sustainability — including use of recycled magnets.  […]

e-Power Technology

Collins Aerospace Pushes e-Aviation Technology to New Heights with Family of Powerful PM Motors & Generators 

Powered by its breakthrough 1MW permanent-magnet motor, bolstered by a new lab for advanced electric systems and developing a 1MW generator for the military, Collins Aerospace is lifting electric propulsion and electrified power for aviation to new heights. Engineers at the company are developing a family of motors and integrated power systems for broad application in future hybrid and fully electric aircraft as they participate in a range of R&D projects spanning North America and Europe. […]

e-Power Technology

Nidec-Embraer JV to Develop Electric Propulsion for Aviation Market 

Japan’s Nidec Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric motors, and Brazil’s Embraer aircraft company are moving ahead with plans to establish a new joint venture called Nidec Aerospace to develop electric propulsion systems for the aerospace sector. They announced in October receiving all regulatory approvals necessary to proceed. […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Proterial Builds Ferrite-Magnet Motor Prototype, Adds AI to Its Toolkit for Developing New Materials 

For design engineers, simulations can be important tools in the product development process but actual performance by a prototype is a welcomed step better. That’s the status at materials company Proterial where a prototype motor built with its innovative new ferrite magnets confirmed the promising results from an earlier simulation model – challenging the performance of neodymium magnets in EV motors. Separately, the company announced that it is embracing artificial intelligence techniques in its efforts to develop more new advanced materials serving a variety of markets. […]

Electromagnetics

Minebea Mitsumi & Ablic Expand Device Portfolio with Purchases of Hitachi Power Semi and Samurai Semi 

Tokyo-based Minebea Mitsumi and its Yokahama-based subsidiary Ablic are expanding their businesses in power electronics, sensing and precision motion with recent acquisition moves that add more semiconductor capability. Minebea is planning to purchase Hitachi’s power […]