ZAMA, Japan – It’s the mother of all plants – at least all Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plants. The auto maker’s Zama facility, located 20 miles (32 km) west of Tokyo, opened in 1964, but was shut down as an assembly operation in 1995 at the height of Nissan’s financial troubles. Today, Zama serves as the production engineering center for all major Nissan plants worldwide. Those plants number 26 in nearly a dozen countries, including 16 that employ Nissan’s most advanced automation technology. ...

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