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Tamagawa Seiki motors and sensors run on R&D

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 4:36pm

From factory machinery to cars, aircraft and robots, the finished product can only be as good as its components. This is why global industry leaders such as Boeing, Airbus, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan, Ford, General Motors and Audi turn to Tamagawa Seiki when it comes to high-precision motors and sensors.

Family-owned Tamagawa Seiki began building its portfolio in 1938 based on three fundamental technologies: motor, electronic circuit and mechanics. Its products have since grown to more than 30,000, ranging from rotary encoders to synchros, control machines, servo and step motors and gyros.

The company is among the few that can develop and manufacture both two- and three-dimensional position/angle sensors used in state-of-the-art applications necessary within the astronautics and space industry.

"We are the only one globally that supplies such a comprehensive range of motors and sensors," says CEO and chairman Hiroyuki Hagimoto. "We initially focused on the defence industry, but continuous innovation enabled us to tap into the manufacturing, amusement, vehicle and science sectors."

Tamagawa Seiki has four research and development hubs in Japan. It is actively pursuing next-generation technologies including biotronics, spacetronics, motortronics and motion control. Recognising the mainland as a growing market, the company founded Tamagawa Seiki Suzhou in Taicang, Jiangsu in 2010. The plant produces industrial motors and sensors especially for the Chinese market, and represents Tamagawa Seiki's strategic move to follow major clients such as Toyota which are also broadening their footprint in the region.

Tamagawa Seiki is slated to set up additional production facilities in Vietnam, Germany and the United States to reinforce its commitment to its global clientele. "We are responding to the rising demand in China, Southeast Asia and other key markets by expanding our production overseas to be near and better serve our customers," Hagimoto says.

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