Mitsubishi, IHI Boosting Diesel Turbocharger Production

Posted on November 21, 2005

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Ltd. are separately taking steps to bolster their production capacity for diesel engine turbochargers, both in Japan and internationally, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper. The report said both Mitsubishi Heavy and IHI plan to boost production capacity by some 70 to 80% over the next three to four years. Mitsubishi Heavy reportedly manufactured about two million turbochargers in fiscal 2004, and now plans to add 500,000 units of capacity each year to a goal of 3.5 million units a year. This fiscal year it is spending 4.5 billion yen to add production lines to its factories in Japan and the Netherlands.

IHI has the capacity to make two million turbochargers a year, including around one million units at its factory in Nagano Prefecture. It plans to invest 5 billion yen through the end of fiscal 2007 to expand capacity at overseas plants and also boost its total capacity to 3.5 million units. By the end of fiscal 2008, IHI’s factory in Italy will have increased capacity to 1 million units from 600,000 units, and a factory in Thailand will boost capacity to 700,000 units from 400,000 units. In addition, smaller operations in China and the U.S. will also be expanded.