Kyocera begins construction on new facility to strengthen smart factory capability

WCN Editorial Team 9 Apr 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Japanese multinational ceramics and electronics manufacturer Kyocera has commenced construction on new facility in Shiga, Japan to produce automated equipment for “smart factory”.

The new facility, which is being built on the premises of Kyocera's Yasu manufacturing complex in Shiga Prefecture, will develop and produce Kyocera’s own proprietary automated production equipment.

Kyocera expects the facility to strengthen its use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing.

Kyocera Shiga Yasu Plant manager Yoshinobu Ozaki said: “We are excited to welcome the new production facility here, in Shiga, which will contribute our company’s factory automation.

"By reforming production processes, we aim to double productivity."

Planned to be commissioned in April 2020, the facility is being built with an investment of approximately JPY5bn ($45m).

As per the Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimation, the population of workers ranging in age between 15 and 64 has totalled approximately 76 million in 2017 in Japan, and is expected to decline to around 60 million by 2040.

In order to address the rapid labour shortage, Kyocera has encouraged implementation of advanced technologies, including AI and robotics, at its production sites to double productivity.

Kyocera said: "Further, the company aims to achieve higher growth and profitability by reducing costs while reforming its production processes."

In an effort to double productivity, Kyocera is also planning to consolidate partial operations from two different sites including a research and development site located in Daito, Osaka and a manufacturing site in Yohkaichi, Shiga, with manufacturing site in Yasu, Shiga.

The company expects that the consolidation of the site to the Yasu Plant would double space for development and manufacturing, as well as establish a high-speed development process.

In 2018, Kyocera has commenced construction on a new manufacturing facility on the premises of its Kawasaki manufacturing complex in Kanagawa Prefecture for conductive and insulation pastes.

The new facility is expected to boost production capacity by 50% for conductive and insulation pastes utilized in applications ranging from semiconductors and digital devices to automotive electronics and energy products.

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Image: A rendering of Kyocera's new facility in Japan. Photo: courtesy of Kyocera Corporation.

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