June 4, 2012


Minebea Co., Ltd.

Minebea to Build New Facility for Defense-related and Aerospace Components at Its Matsuida Plant

Minebea Co., Ltd. will build a new production facility as part of its strategy to expand operations geared toward the defense and aerospace markets. The new facility with a total floor area of 9,000 ㎡ is to be constructed on the premises of Minebea's Matsuida Plant in Annaka, Gunma Prefecture. Minebea's plans also include closing its Omori Plant in Tokyo due to a lack of sufficient space.

1. Background

Minebea produces special aircraft and vessel components for the Ministry of Defense, special motors and actuators for commercial aircraft, as well as brushless motors, high-pressure blowers, electromagnetic clutches and brakes for industrial equipment at its Special Device Business Unit's Omori Plant.
Among these product lines, demand has been steadily soaring for aerospace industry products, primarily for domestic rocket and new aircraft model applications. This growing trend has required Minebea to enhance development and production capacity to meet future demand. Located in a largely residential area, the Omori Plant with its aging facilities lacks adequate space for expansion. In light of these circumstances, Minebea decided to build a new facility dedicated to manufacturing products for the defense and aerospace industries on the premises of its more spacious Matsuida Plant and transfer the operations of the Omori Plant there. Minebea plans to move the Omori Plant's R&D and production operations for industrial equipment parts and components to its Fujisawa Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture with an aim to develop more advanced products through enhanced cooperation with the engineering department of the EMS and Measuring Components Business Units.

2. Overview and Purpose of the New Facility

The Matsuida Plant is located near the company's Karuizawa Plant, the main production hub for Minebea's machined components business, which is also home to the company's headquarters. This proximity will provide Minebea easy access to the Karuizawa Plant's resources for use in operations at the new facility. The Karuizawa Plant is equipped with the precision machining technology needed for processing special materials used in aircraft and space equipment. The Special Device Business Unit's signature ability is that it can integrate a world of technologies, including mechanics, electronics, air and gas pressure, as well as control technologies, into a single reliable product. Combining these strengths will enable Minebea to further expand its defense-related and aerospace components business operations.

New plant construction schedule

To start in October 2012
To be completed in October 2013

3. Outline of Matsuida Plant

1). Address 55 Okunada, Matsuida-machi, Annaka, Gunma 379-0226 Japan
2). Land 64,814sqm
3). Floor size Current 9,606sqm (2 buildings), new factory approx. 9,000sqm
4). Employees Current 120, new factory approx.130 (Total employee: approx. 250)
5). Others Incorporating the energy-saving and waste reduction know-how Minebea has gained through building plants around the world, the new facility is designed to make a minimal environmental footprint.

4. Impact on the Consolidated Financial Information

No material impact is expected on our consolidated financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

Company Name: Minebea Co., Ltd.
Representative: Yoshihisa Kainuma
Representative Director,
President and Chief Executive Officer
(Code No. 6479, TSE Div. No.1)
Contact: Yasuo Komine
General Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Tel: +81-(0)3-5434-8637
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