May 20, 2004

Minebea Co., Ltd.

Minebea's Chinese Manufacturing Subsidiary Presents Fire Engines to Local Government in Commemoration of its Tenth Anniversary

In commemoration of its tenth anniversary, Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd. ("Shanghai Minebea"), a Chinese manufacturing subsidiary of Minebea Co., Ltd. ("Minebea"), presented two fire engines to the local government on May 20, 2004. The fire engines are to assist safety and disaster prevention activities in Qingpu District, Shanghai, where the subsidiary is based.

Donee: Shanghai's Qingpu District Government
Donated Vehicles: One Dong Feng153 (High-pressure pump vehicle)
One Isuzu
Total Amount: Equivalent of Rmb 920,000 (About ¥12 million)

The presentation ceremony was held today at a Shanghai hotel, and attended by many people, including Shanghai, Qingpu District and Jinze Town government officials.

Shanghai Minebea was established in Xicen Town (the present Jinze Town), Qingpu District, Shanghai in April 1994, as the Minebea Group's first manufacturing base in China. This subsidiary began production in October 1994, and currently produces miniature and small ball bearings at its Shanghai plants. In addition, it manufactures fan motors and measuring equipment at its Xicen plants. Its total investments in property, plant and equipment to date are about ¥50 billion, the number of employees is 5,200, annual sales are ¥26 billion, and the capital is ¥26.2 billion.

Minebea, the parent company of Shanghai Minebea, has approached protection of the environment as an essential aspect of management. Shanghai Minebea also has taken all possible measures to protect the environment since starting operation in October 1994. In particular, the subsidiary has paid full attention to its wastewater processing facilities with a round-the-clock automatic monitoring system, as it is located near Lake Daishan-hu, the source of Shanghai's drinking water.

Shanghai Minebea also established the Shanghai-Minebea Lake Daishan-hu Environmental Protection Fund in 1996. This fund aims to help preserve the quality of the water in Lake Daishan-hu and the environment of the surrounding area. The subsidiary's contributions to the fund are Rmb 11 million (approximately ¥146 million). To date, the fund has assisted environmental protection efforts - to plant cherry tree saplings along the highway in front of the Company, build green belts in adjacent areas, including donating saplings to the Shanghai Sapling Center, and install chemical toilets in local residences. Shanghai Minebea is held in high regard by the Chinese government for these efforts, and in August 2003, was ranked fourth overall (first among foreign companies) in the country's Top 100 Projects of National Environmental Protection program by the State Environmental Protection Administration of China.

Reference document:Outline of Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd.

For inquiries, please contact:
Minebea Co., Ltd.
Masaki Ishikawa
Corporate Communications/Investor Relations Office, Corporate Planning Department

ARCO Tower, 19th Floor,
1-8-1, Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8662
Tel : 81-3-5434-8637/ Fax: 81-3-5434-8607

Company Name: Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd.
Principal Office: Qingpu District, Shanghai (About 60km southwest of central Shanghai)
Established: April 20, 1994
Net Sales: Rmb 1,962 million (about ¥25,957 million) for the year ended March 31, 2004
Total Investment: Rmb 3,842 million (about ¥50,830 million) as of March 31, 2004
No. of Employees: 5,211 (As of March 31, 2004)
Lines of Business: Manufacturing and sale of ball bearings, fan motors and measuring components
Production Facilities:

Shanghai Plant: Lot area:391,661m2
First plant
    Floor space:2,290 m2
    Production item:Integrated-shaft bearings
Second plant
    Floor space:46,112m2
    Production item:Ball bearings

Xicen Plant: Lot area:104,173m2
First plant
    Floor space:16,252 m2
    Production item:Fan motors
Second plant
    Floor space:24,645 m2
    Production items:Fan motors and measuring components

1994 April Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd. is incorporated.
October Assembly of ball bearings and fan motors starts at a lease plant (the present Xicen plant).
1995 January The first Shanghai plant is completed. Assembly of ball bearings is transferred from the lease plant to the first Shanghai plant.
1996 February The first Xicen plant is completed. Vertically integrated production of fan motors, including parts, starts at the first Xicen plant.
August The second Shanghai plant is completed. Assembly at the first Shanghai plant is transferred to the second plant, at which vertically integrated production of ball bearings, including parts, starts.
December Assembly of integrated-shaft bearings commences at the first Shanghai plant.
2001 October The second Xicen plant is completed.
November Production of measuring components starts at the second Xicen plant.
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Product information, contact and other context are subject to change without prior notice.

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