While Niigata is famous as a rice-producing region, it also is an area where the manufacturing industry has long prospered.
The history of manufacturing in Niigata started 100 years ago with Wakugi (Japanese nails).
Then, the development of various types of machinery for the oil drilling industry was the beginning of further industrial development in Niigata which led to machine tools, shipbuilding, engines, material technology, and semiconductor materials. Armed with these advanced technological and manufacturing capabilities, many companies began manufacturing aircraft parts independently of one another.
Meanwhile, major manufacturers in the aircraft industry subcontracted out to separate companies each individual process, such as machining, sheet metal processing, and surface treatment. Then, the demand arose to place an order for multiple processes at one time in order to procure parts efficiently and to shorten lead time.
The aircraft industry consortium, NSCA, was formed to answer that demand with the high-level manufacturing processes that are unique to Niigata and with the strength of hard-workers who do not back down from even the severest winter cold.