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Press release | Nabtesco: New plant for production of precision gears - Production capacities to be doubled by 2026

Nabtesco, the largest and most recognised manufacturer of cycloidal gears and the Number 1 supplier of robotic gearboxes, is investing in a third manufacturing site, which will double the company’s production capacity to two million precision gearboxes per year by 2026.

Cycloidal gears from Nabtesco have proven themselves millions of times over in high-tech applications worldwide and are long established as ideal components for use in robotics and automation. To meet the growing demand for the company’s high-performance precision gearboxes, Nabtesco is significantly expanding its manufacturing capacities with a new plant in Hamamatsu, a strong industrial location 250 km southwest of Nabtesco Corporation's headquarters in Tokyo. The new plant will double Nabtesco’s production capacity to two million precision gearboxes per year by 2026.

Efficient and climate neutral production of precision gears

The new plant was planned in accordance with state-of-the-art technology and equally embodies efficiency and sustainability aspects. Intelligent production is assured by state-of-the-art logistics, and highly efficient production facilities, as well as automation, digitization and AI technologies. The operation is CO2 neutral. This is an important contribution to climate protection on the part of Nabtesco. The total area covers 46,900 m2. Construction will start in the fall of 2022. In the first construction phase the building will be completed by September 2023, followed by installation of the production systems; full production capacity will be achieved by 2026. The total investment is approximately 360 million euros (47 billion yen). 

Specialising in high-performance precision gears

Nabtesco is the world's largest and most recognised manufacturer of cycloidal gears. Whether for mechanical engineering, robotics, electric vehicles, medical technology or intralogistics: Wherever exact positioning and absolute reliability are required, the company’s high-performance precision gearboxes are the first choice. Transmission of forces via cams and rollers ensures high efficiency, a long life and extremely low backlash, with a hysteresis loss between 0.5 and 1 arcmin, at the most. In addition, their special design achieves excellent behaviour with respect to dynamics, load capacity and smooth operation. The gears perform flawlessly even in high-precision positioning applications with heavy loads or very fast and abrupt motions. The integrated angular ball bearings absorb both axial and radial loads and bending moments, and provide for high torsional stiffness and resistance to impacts and overloading (up to 500 % of the rated torque).