Toshiba to Supply Electric Drive Motors to Ford Staring in 2012; Expanding Manufacturing Capacity in US
Ford Motor Company has awarded Toshiba a major contract to supply electric drive motors for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Toshiba Corporation will expand manufacturing capacity at its plant in Houston, Texas for production of the high-performance drive motors for HEV, PHEV and EV applications.
The production will be Toshiba’s first overseas manufacturing base for automotive propulsion motors, which are currently produced in Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC), a Houston-based Toshiba Group company, manufactures and markets motors and industrial equipment, and is the base for this expansion program. TIC currently produces a wide range of low- and medium-voltage motors for numerous industries and applications.
TIC’s low-voltage motors products range from 1/2 to 800 hp and 230 to 575 V, and medium-voltage motors range from 200 to 50,000 hp and 2,300 to 13,800 V
Toshiba will begin construction for the expanded capacity in January 2011 in Houston, Texas, on the site of Toshiba International Corporation. Production of the automotive motors would begin in 2012.
As the automotive industry moves toward a new generation of more environmentally friendly vehicles including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, Toshiba is promoting advances in essential automotive technologies, from dedicated on-board control systems to batteries and Intelligent Traffic Systems. The company’s development of key components for HEVs, PHEVs and EVs, including inverters and drive motors, is an essential part of Toshiba’s strategy in growing this business.
Toshiba estimates that the global market for motors for such vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, will grow from ¥50 billion in fiscal year 2009 to ¥1 trillion in fiscal year 2020.
The Houston location will allow Toshiba to increase its marketing of automotive systems and components in the United States, establish closer contact and collaboration with automobile manufacturers, and allow auto companies to increase local procurement of key components.