Nidec, Foxtron plan e-drive JV

July 26, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Nidec, Foxtron plan e-drive JV
Japanese electric motor company Nidec has entered into talks with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai and Foxtron Vehicle Technologies with the goal of establishing a joint venture. Together, the companies intend to expand their respective car businesses.

Already in March 2021, Nidec has signed a memorandum of understanding with Foxtron regarding its strategic alliance in the development of electric vehicle drive systems. Foxtron and Nidec have continued joint development to supply products equipped with Nidec’s E-Axle traction motor system for customers all over the world. Moving forward to prepare the productions further, Hon Hai/Foxtron and Nidec have come to consider establishing the JV.

The JV aims to ensure a stable supply of traction motors and other automobile motors for Hon Hai/Foxtron, and to expand sales opportunity of new markets and customers for Nidec. Also, the Company expects that the JV will greatly contribute to the business expansion and growth of all companies related to the JV.

The three companies’ agreements regarding the JV as of now are as follows;

  • Hon Hai/Foxtron and Nidec will conduct feasibility studies and contract negotiations with the aim of concluding a joint venture establishment agreement by the end of December 2021.
  • The JV will be headquartered in Taiwan and will be established within 2022. In addition, the main business of the JV will be on the development, production and sales of traction motor systems and various motor-related products for electric automobiles.
  • Other details will be decided in future discussions between the three companies. It may be partially changed by discussion.

The move is an important initiative for the company to start full-scale sales to customers in the automobile markets from different industries. The company would like to learn Hon Hai’s global supply chain operation and management, as well as the manufacturing and technical strength accumulated in the ICT field in the past few decades; and also learn Foxtron’s know-how cultivated through the development experience of EVs and Open EV Platform. By collaborating with Hon Hai/Foxtron, Nidec would like to further evolve its own strengths of lightness, thinness, shortness & small and high efficiency. Nidec

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