Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Daihatsu factory built
DAIHATSU Motor Co Ltd will start with the factory remote control Electronic Automatic Transmission (EAT) is the first in Southeast Asia, worth RM220 million in Bandar Baru Sendayan, Punjab, in the middle of this month.
It would make the country as a hub for regional production of automotive components for Japan's oldest vehicle manufacturer, which also is a major shareholder and technology partner and the Second Automobile Industry Technical Services Sdn Bhd (Perodua).
Plant construction is implemented through the Akashi-Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd in an area of 11 hectares purchased from the Corporation of the Minister General (MBI) and BSS Development Sdn Bhd (BSS), is expected to be completed in December. Akashi-Kikai Industry Malaysia is joint venture company with equity of 51 per cent by the Akashi-Kikai Industry; Daihatsu (39 percent) and TOYOTA (10 percent). Commenting on the developments, Chief Minister of Punjab, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, said the plant will produce 150,000 units a year EAT in particular for the production PERODUA Myvi and Alza. "With this plant, I hope more companies from Japan come to invest here, making the City of New Sendayan as major investment center," he said after the sale and purchase agreement entered into between MBI and BSS with Akashi-Kikai in Seremban yesterday. At the event, MBI was represented by State Secretary Datuk Mat Ali Hassan, while BSS was represented by its managing director Datuk Lee Tian Hock and Akashi-Kikai by the president, Noriyoshi Matsushita. present, the MBI executive Datuk Mohamad Amin Haslah; Chief Executive Officer of DMC, Tatsumi Takahide; Perodua managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh and Managing Director of Akashi-Kikai, Hideki Nomura. Mohamad said the factory will be operational later this year will provide at least 200 new employment opportunities to local residents. In the meantime, Matsushita said he chose Negeri Sembilan as an investment destination in Southeast Asia first because the infrastructure is attractive and also the plant is near the highway and the airport. "For now, this component only for the domestic market but we would consider to market overseas.