Nissan Motor announced on July 9 that 40 years since the start of production in Kyushu, it had produced a total of 15 million units on Japanâ€™s southernmost main island.
Nissan first began production in Kyushu in April 1975. It had initially manufactured engines and went on to produce vehicles (Datsun trucks) in 1976. The plant has since continued to expand its lineup, producing a total of five million units in November 1992, 10 million units in December 2004, and 15 million cars in May 2015.
Operations began at a second plant in 1992, offering state-of-the-art facilities designed to create a comfortable work environment. In addition to its wharf for domestic shipping, the company also opened a wharf dedicated for exports in 2000, greatly boosting efficiency by enabling manufacturing, storing, and shipping at the same site. Nissan Shatai Kyushu began operations in 2010, and Kyushu became a key manufacturing base for the company, accounting for more than half its domestic production.
In 2011, the Kyushu plant was established as an independent company, Nissan Motor Kyushu. Fully leveraging the advantages of its location with the efficient procurement of parts and thorough logistics measures, Nissan Motor Kyushu continues to lead the factories of the world as a â€œmother baseâ€ that is globally cost competitive.
A ceremony was held on July 9 to mark its 40th anniversary and to celebrate the achievement of 15 million units in production, which had been attended by Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, Nissan CCO Hiroto Nishikawa, Nissan Executive Vice President Fumiaki Matsumoto, other executives, and approximately 500 employees.
(Translated by Eriko Sugita)