Japanese electric motors firm moving to Poland

Japanese electric motor company, Mabuchi Motor, said it will launch its first production plant in Europe in Poland. The new plant – located in the Lesser Poland (Malopolska) Voivodeship – will manufacture and sell small electric motors and motor parts at a 26,000 square meter facility scheduled to begin production by late 2019. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin next year. Mabuchi will invest in one of the subzones located in the region, creating 400 new jobs by 2023. The total investment in the project (planned for 2023) is PLN360m (EUR81m).

“We expect the new plant will have excellent productivity, and we strive to grow our automotive motor business, including increasing sales of middle size motors for automotive applications,” the company said.

According to unofficial information, the factory will be built in Bochnia, in Bochenska Economic Activity Zone.

Talks about the investment took place in the spring, when Kraków Technology Park presented the investor with several possible locations. The Japanese decided to locate investment in one of the subzones located near the A4 motorway.

Mabuchi produces small electric motors for the automotive industry. They are used to drive electric windows, mirrors and central locks. The company employs over 24,000 people and produces more than 1.4 million engines a year.

The micro motor market is dominated by a few globally established companies such as Mabuchi Motors (Japan), ABB Ltd (Switzerland), Mitsuba Corporation (Japan), Nidec Corporation (Japan), and Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd (China) among others. These companies have employed strategies such as new product development, expansions, mergers, and joint ventures to grow in the micro motor market.  The micro motor market is projected to reach USD35.59bn in 2020, from USD28.26bn in 2015 growing at a CAGR of 4.56%. 

Another car investment

Meanwhile, Poland has attracted a major investment in its automotive industry from the United States and it is also in talks with Toyota on a potential new project in Poland, said Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Also Daimler’s plans to build a EUR500m engine plant in south-west Poland and it will make engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Markus Schaefer, board member for production for Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that the plant in Jawor, around 70 kilometers west of Wroclaw, would hire 500 people.

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