News Release

Dec 19, 2012

Daifuku Plans the Construction of a Mega-Solar Power Plant

December 19, 2012

Osaka, Japan – Daifuku is pleased to announce that it will build a photovoltaic facility at its Shiga Works in a proactive effort to realize a low-carbon society through renewable energy. With an approximate area of 1.2 million square meters, the Shiga Works is one of the world's largest production sites for material handling systems and equipment, boasting 11 factory buildings.

Recognizing the importance of operating in an environmentally friendly manner, Daifuku has established its Environmental Vision 2020 and implemented measures to address environmental issues. Amid increasing public interest in renewable energy, the Company began planning to build a mega-solar power plant on a 52,000 square meter plot in the Shiga Works following the start of Japan's renewable energy buyback (Feed-In Tariff) program in July 2012, with the goal of selling electricity in accordance to the program in the fall of 2013.

The mega-solar power plant will have a capacity of 4,400 kilowatts with a yearly electrical output of 4.3 million kilowatt hours, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 750 households.

After completion of the facility, Daifuku will show in real time the electrical output for the day, month and year with a visual graph at its full-scale demo center Hini Arata Kan, using photovoltaic data measuring/monitoring systems produced by its affiliate Contec Co., Ltd. In addition, a tour of the new facility will be given from the Hini Arata Kan.

Daifuku will continue to be environmentally aware in every business activity and contribute to our customers, society, and the conservation of the global environment while consistently developing and providing material handling systems with low environmental impact.

Environmental Vision 2020
Proposed area (marked red) for the mega-solar power plant within Shiga Works

Proposed area (marked red) for the mega-solar power plant within Shiga Works

About Daifuku Co., Ltd.
Daifuku Co., Ltd. is the world's top manufacturer and supplier of automated material handling systems and software to the automotive, semiconductor and LCD equipment, and general industry markets. Daifuku is headquartered in Osaka, Japan, with sales and service offices throughout the world. The Company was founded in 1937.