The future of EV cars depends on Australia’s automobile production
In Australia, NISSAN CASTING factory was established and operated for more than 35 years, producing a lot of parts for many big cars in the world such as RENAULT KOLEOS, NAVARA, QASHQAI, … While the big car companies HOLDEN, TOYOTA and FORD have ended their operations in Australia, the NISSAN factory continues to build and place more headquarters here. They expect to further develop the electrified drive system here.
In addition, NISSAN also produces the main components such as inverter casing, stator casing, jacket cover, for HYBRID transmission systems for cars used in the Japanese market.
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of NISSAN’s operation, their operator said they will expand the scope of the broader model, trying to set up maternal factories to produce specific parts. And he affirmed that NISSAN will surely succeed
We’re hoping as they look to move it to different models we will be able to maintain contracts, or win contracts, on that and there’s nothing that would indicate we wouldn’t get them based on our current level of pricing, our current efficiency and our current quality. Our aim is to be the preferred Renault-Nissan Alliance manufacturing plant for high-pressure die-cast aluminium for the electric vehicle components by 2020.As they expand the model range that e-Power is on … we’re trying to set ourselves up as the mother plant for production of those specific parts and, to date, we’ve been successful at doing that.
However, Mr Jones said the existing NCAP set-up will need to be addressed in future, given it is already operating at around 80 per cent capacity.
What we’re looking at now, in terms of some of the contracts that we’re currently quoting on, is actually investing heavily and putting more casting machines in because that capacity is based on our 13 casting machines. Some of the things we’re looking at now will involve us buying some more casting machines and they’re around about $5 million each, and that’s a significant investment.
Mr Jones said the 90,000-square-metre plant in Dandenong, Victoria has “got the space” to grow in size, but also suggested the addition of automated processes could be an alternative method for increasing production efficiencies.
According to Mr Jones, NCAP will potential benefit from Renault-Nissan Alliance’s acquisition of Mitsubishi, with the plant’s production volumes expected to increase as the three brands move closer to shared vehicle platforms.
I think the alliance is in fairly early stages, but we’re always looking for synergies, and as we look at manufacturing processes across the globe, it may well be that we pick up some of that, or they may pick up some of our technology, which would mean the orders would go up. But at the moment, there’s been very, very little impact.
Mr Jones added that NCAP is set apart from other casting plants globally because of its ability to produce top-quality, highly-technical componentry regularly required for difficult and critical EV parts.
You can cast something anywhere around the world, but in terms of these EV parts … they are difficult to make, they are complex to make, and they require the highest level of finish and quality to ensure that these very, very sophisticated cars we’re making continue to function properly. Our parts have been of very, very good quality and we have the confidence of (vehicle manufacturing) plants around the world, and that’s half the battle. These parts … are only made in Australia. Some of the stator housings are made in other places around the world, but the water jackets and all that … this is the only place in the world that make them. And in some ways that’s a risk, and in some ways it’s a hell of a responsibility, and we make sure that they’re (executives) aware of it.
Mr Jones confirmed about $1 million is invested in ensuring NCAP components meet the highest standards, including an X-Ray machine that examines aluminium integrity, as well as strict quality control procedures.
In addition to top-quality parts, Mr Jones said it is the excellence of NCAP’s employees and “agile manufacturing” capability that has led it to carrying on despite the demise of local car production.
With a long-term automobile production system like NISSAN, they inherently have a very solid foundation in the automobile manufacturing industry. With this expansion, their acquisition of the automobile manufacturing market in Australia will take place in the near future!!!