Nissan unveiled a production line at its Tochigi plant that implements the unique Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative, which supports the manufacture of next-generation vehicles using innovative technologies and helps achieve carbon neutrality. Nissan also unveiled its roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at its production plants around the world.
Commenting on the initiative, Hideyuki Sakamoto, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Nissan, said: âThe automotive industry is undergoing significant changes today and finding solutions to climate change to which the world is facing is a top priority. We see this challenge as an opportunity to strengthen our strength in the field of manufacturing, to develop and apply innovative technologies to overcome the challenges we face, it is the essence of our brand.
Nissan smart factory
Since its inception, Nissan has enhanced its ability to manufacture cars through high-quality and efficient production processes, in addition to the great skills of the company’s senior technicians. But the manufacturing sector is undergoing fundamental changes. Japanese companies need to move away from traditional labor-intensive manufacturing to cope with an aging population and massive labor shortage. Unforeseen factors such as climate change and epidemics must also be taken into account. Dominant trends in the sector in the field of electricity, automotive intelligence and communication technologies contribute to the further development of structures and functions of cars and increase their complexity.
In response to these needs and trends, Nissan launched the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative at its Tochigi plant, where the plant offers the following benefits:
- Use robots that are no less skilled than the company’s team of distinguished technicians, to build next-generation cars of the highest quality
- Provide an improved environment where a large group of people can work comfortably
- Achieve a zero-emission production system, thereby accelerating efforts to achieve a carbon neutral society
The Tochigi plant is expected to start production this year on the all-new Nissan Ariya, the electric crossover.
Achieve carbon neutrality
Nissan aims to achieve carbon neutrality in all of its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050 1 , also seeks to achieve this neutrality in manufacturing processes by improving innovations to support higher productivity in automotive assembly, from the smart initiative of the Nissan factory and by increasing the level of energy efficiency and of materials in factories, where it plans to mark by the year 2050 conversion of factory equipment to Fully electric equipment by introducing innovative production technologies and reducing energy consumption. To achieve carbon neutrality in production plants, the electricity used will be entirely produced from renewable energy sources and / or fuel cells using alternative fuels.
In this context, Sakamoto said: âThe launch of the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative on a global scale, starting with the Tochigi plant, allows us to build new generation cars with more flexibility, efficiency. and efficiency to achieve a carbon neutral society. We will continue to promote innovation in manufacturing to enrich human lives and support Nissan’s future growth.