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Based in Nagoya, Japan, AICHIKIKAI has gained success by manufacturing high performance engines and engine parts for car manufacturers. The firm also manufactures automated industrial vehicles for use on factory production lines.
Supplying engines for Nissan cars and spare parts since the 1950s
AICHIKIKAI is a Japanese firm which focuses on the manufacturing of industrial vehicles and vehicle engines. Initially founded as a clock-making company in the city of Nagoya, AICHIKIKAI started manufacturing vehicles after World War Two, producing light three wheeled vehicles for commercial use. During the 1960s, the firm expanded through a partnership with car maker Nissan, and AICHIKIKAI produced engines for many popular consumer cars during the 1970s and 80s, making over 5 million by 1976. By the late 1980s, AICHIKIKAI had manufactured 15 million engines and over a million vehicles, expanding its production facilities constantly to meet demand. The firm opened an American subsidiary in 2001, and continued to be the major supplier of engines to Nissan.
From supplying Nissan to pioneering automated factory vehicles
Nowadays, AICHIKIKAI operates four factories in Japan, as well as two corporate offices, but delivers engines to clients across the world. Along with Nissan, their corporate partners have include Renault and Suzuki, as clients have been attracted by the firm's reputation for reliability. The firm now supplies both fully functional engines and manual transmissions, as well as automobile parts that can be easily shipped to clients across the world. AICHIKIKAI can manufacture custom made cylinder blocks, head covers, oil pans and water outlets, allowing customers to custom-build their engines from scratch. Customers can also benefit from expert support provided by AICHIKIKAI technicians from the Nagoya corporate headquarters. The company has begun to focus closely on supplying industrial organizations with multi-functional vehicles, introducing ground-breaking models of automated guided vehicles that are designed to link together production lines in factories. These have been particularly successful within the automobile industry, but can be adapted to other production environments as well, and can be remotely controlled via multifunctional motor sensors. Another aspect of automobile technology that AICHIKIKAI has been involved in is the development of electric vehicles, and the firm supplies parts for Nissan's increasingly popular range of fuel cell hybrid vehicles.
The AICHIKIKAI product portfolio
The range of products manufactured by AICHIKIKAI includes:
- Automobile engines
- Manual transmissions
- Cylinder blocks
- Cylinder heads
- Oil pans
- Water outlets
- Bearing caps and cylinder liners
- Crankshafts, connecting rods and camshafts
- Transmission cases
- Shift forks
- Transmission gears
- Clutch gears
- Automated guided vehicles
- Multifunctional motor sensors
- Reduction gear for electric vehicles
The range of products manufactured by AICHIKIKAI is mainly intended for use in the automobile manufacturing sector, although their industrial vehicles could find uses in many factory settings. Their clients have included Suzuki, Renault and Nissan, their major corporate partner.
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