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Friday - January 15, 2021

MinebeaMitsumi Installs Solar Power Generation Systems at Two Major Plants in Thailand

MinebeaMitsumi Inc. has installed solar power generation systems made by Sharp Energy Solutions Corporation on the roofs of two production sites, the Bang Pa-in plant (Ayutthaya Prefecture) and the Lopburi plant (Lopburi Prefecture), in Thailand. This will reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 4,000 tons and reduce electricity costs by approximately 25.5 million baht.

Today on January 15, we held an opening ceremony of solar panel completion at our Bang Pa-in plant inviting Secretary General, Her Excellency Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit from the Board of Investment (BOI)(remote attendance) and Mr. Hideyuki Inada, Chief Executive Officer, Sharp Solar Solution Asia Co., Ltd. From MinebeaMitsumi, Tetsu Shiozaki, Executive Officer, General Manager of Regional Affairs for Southeast Asia also attended the ceremony.

Our Thai Operations is an important base that accounts for more than 30% of our global production. We established the Ayutthaya plant (Ayutthaya prefecture) in 1980, and has continued to expand Thai operations rapidly since then. Currently, it has expanded to 9 bases and about 32,000 employees. Centering on the Bang Pa-in and Lopburi plants, we handle a wide range of products such as bearings, motors, and sensors. We have the largest number of employees among Japanese companies operating in Thailand, and the cumulative total investment in Thailand to date is 100 billion baht.

MinebeaMitsumi strongly focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under the Group’s environmental policy. Starting from these two largest bases of the group as the first step, we are planning to introduce solar power generation systems to our own bases around the world in the future.

MinebeaMitsumi Group’s environmental policy is being implemented under our Corporate Philosophy and Five Principles, which cover environment-friendly production including, but not limited to, global warming preventive measures. In Japan, a government policy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is being promoted. We believe that green transformation (GX) will continue to be of significant importance. We will therefore continue to actively invest for carbon neutrality.
We are truly grateful that MinebeaMitsumi Group has continued receiving generous assistance and support from BOI since the beginning of operation in 1980. We are thankful for the grant of the investment promotion for both of our solar panel projects. It will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our development and use of renewable energy in Thailand. We hereby respectfully pledge that Thailand will remain as our major production base, and we intend to continue to expand our investment in the future.

Yoshihisa Kainuma, Representative Director, CEO and COO

Details of Solar Panel Installation
Location
Rated output
(Module capacity)
Annual power generation
forecast
Reduction of greenhouse
gas emission
Start of operation
Bang Pa-in Plant
Approx.
3.12MW-dc
Approx. 4,284MWh/year
Approx.
2,438tCO2/year
End of December,
2020
Lop Buri Plant
Approx.
1.88MW-dc
Approx. 2,583MWh/year
Approx.
1,470tCO2/year
End of October,
2020

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