Nissan transforms old underused plant into global center

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 16, 2014

Nissan’s 53-year-old assembly site in Oppama (Yokusuka, Japan) has been underutilized for some years, but the carmaker is breathing a new life into the facility by transforming it into a proving ground for car manufacturing techniques for overseas production. For instance, some halls at the Oppama were turned into a global training center.

This center has been educating foreign workers with Nissan’s production methods. Chinese apprentices were made to assemble toy Lego vans that represent Nissan vehicles. According to Hiroshi Ichikawa, a manager in charge of global training at Nissan Motor Corp., this will help these apprentices who have never produced a vehicle before learn how to build an actual one.

This learning strategy is distinct with Japan’s major carmakers and is an indication on how they try to shore up operations at their home turf. Nissan recently added a global pilot line to test-assemble vehicles that soon will be produced at Nissan’s other sites overseas like in Mexico, India and the United States.

Shohei Kimura, executive vice president for joint manufacturing with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault, the new global pilot line trims around a third off both investment and lead time when Nissan commences producing a new vehicle abroad. That would greatly benefit Nissan cost-wise, as the Japanese carmaker has open several plants mostly in countries unfamiliar with auto production.

Nissan opened sites in Mexico, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand in the past two year. It has also added production capacity in Russia and may soon open another plant in China. Fumiaki Matsumoto, executive vice president in charge of global manufacturing, remarked that the expertise and know-how is “distributed around the world" from the Oppama site. He dubbed the site as “global mother plant," adding that there are certain things that Nissan can do only in Japan.

Topics: nissan, plant

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

A big chunk of Volvo Cars’ legacy in developing the most durable and capable car is evident in its latest Cross Country collection. Suffice it to say, our planet has...
by - September 21, 2016
Just very recently, we were all delighted to finally see a Bugatti Chiron out in the streets casually hanging around Cannes in France. The said car was purchased by a...
by - September 9, 2016
Earlier this year, Aston Martin wowed the world with a stunning concept car – the Vanquish Zagato. The concept made its first appearance in May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa...
by - September 7, 2016
Lamborghini has always been known to be the home to exotic supercars. The Italian automaker’s production facilities have hosted uniquely designed and powerful show-stopping supercars. It all started with the...
by - September 5, 2016
Have you ever heard of the name Kris Singh? If you’re passionate about cars, you’ve probably come across this name at some point while you scour reports about the latest...
by - September 2, 2016