Special Feature 2021 - Integrated Report 2021

Nidec’s Founding Mission

Nidec’s founding mission is to provide comprehensive, top-quality motor solutions well capable of making a globally meaningful difference. Nidec is committed to addressing critical global challenges at every stage of its business activities.

Global Challenges①
Carbon Neutral Society

Global CO2 emissions in 2018 Approx. 33.5 billion tons Approximately 23% of the world’s carbon emissions come from transportation. * International Energy Agency (IEA) report (2020)

Extreme weather events occurring around the world today are widely assumed to stem form global warming—a phenomenon caused by human-induced greenhouse gases (GHGs) —of which 70% is attributed to CO2 emissions. The Paris Agreement, a landmark international accord adopted in 2015, is pushing for a strong global response pivotal in achieving carbon neutrality worldwide by 2050. Given the fact that transportation accounts for about 23% of the world’s carbon emissions, automotive decarbonization can play a huge role in making it happen.

Our initiatives

To combat global warming, the whole automotive industry is racing toward vehicle electrification. The number of new electric vehicles to be sold in 2030 is expected to increase several-dozen-fold from 2020. In recent years, Nidec’s EV traction motor systems, collectively known as E-Axle, have been powering an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, keeping our path to market leadership aligned with the industry’s decarbonization goal.

E-Axle, an EV traction motor system
E-Axle, an EV traction motor system

Global Challenges②
Declining Birthrate and Aging Population

A projected decrease in the working age population (15 to 64) in China Approx. 170 million people(Forecast 2020-2050) * UN World Population Prospects 2019

Declining birthrate and aging population are causing workforce demographics to shrink in high GDP economies, including the U.S., China, Europe and Japan. China, generally known as the “world’s factory,” is likely to be hardest hit, with its working age population projected to decline by approximately 170 million between 2020 and 2050. How to make up for the shortfall is the key to maintaining productivity.

Our initiatives

Industrial robots are drawing a great deal of attention as a viable solution to this problem. Nidec places a strategic focus on the development of motors and reducers for arm robots used in a vast range of industrial fields.

Servo motor
Servo motor
Reducer lineup
Reducer lineup

Global Challenges③
Digitalization

Global data traffic in 2025 175 zettabytes * Materials for Intel Architecture Day 2020 * 1 zettabyte = 1 billion terabytes

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated national emergency procedures, including lockdown restrictions, rapidly increased our reliance on various digital platforms, leading to a boost in overall data traffic with more people getting online for shopping, working and education purposes. Network data traffic will continue to grow as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) become woven further into the fabric of society, smartphones catch on in emerging countries, and 5G networks take hold across the world. Global data traffic is expected to triple between 2020 and 2025 to an estimated 175 zettabytes.

Our initiatives

Datacenters rely on a large quantity of hard disk drives (HDDs) for online storage and long-term archiving, collectively known as nearline storage. At the same time, they are facing a pressing need for more effective thermal management to prevent their servers from overheating. Nidec’s HDD motors and cooling fan systems come with mission-critical functionalities that fit the demanding requirements of today’s datacenters.

HDD motor
HDD motor

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