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Nissin Food to build new $500m noodles factory in Japan

FBR Staff Writer Published 12 December 2016

Japanese noodle maker Nissin Food Products has announced plans to establish a new noodles factory in Shiga Prefecture with an investment of ¥57.5bn ($500m).

The new plant, which will be located in Ritto City, will manufacture instant and bag-type instant noodle products.

Tentatively named as the Kansai Plant, it will eventually have a daily production capacity of 3,150,000 servings.

The Kansai Plant will break ground in May 2017 and will have three phases of construction. The final phase is slated to be completed in December 2019.

Claimed to be a next-generation smart factory, the Kansai Plant will have enhanced product safety features besides delivering cost competitiveness by implementing Internet of Things (IOT).

It will be built on a 99,865ft2 land owned by Nissin Food.

The Kansai Plant is the second factory for Nissin Food after its Shizuoka Plant which was constructed in 1996.

The new noodle factory will come up very near to the north of the company’s existing Shiga Plant in the same city, commissioned in 1973 as its flagship site in West Japan.

Nissin Food said that it intends to save 50% on manpower in the new factory by automating the manufacturing process and optimizing the machinery for efficiency by implementing IoT technologies.

Its Shiga Plant has been plagued with problems of late, in connection with the introduction of high-efficiency equipment and machinery besides is doubtful of being expandable in the future.

In September, the instant ramen manufacturer said that it has reduced sodium content besides removing added Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and artificial flavors across its Cup Noodles product range in the US.

Image: Plan for Nissin Food Products new factory in Shiga Prefecture. Photo: courtesy of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.