Nissan, Tan Chong say to start sedan assembly in Myanmar in 2015

TOKYO, Sept 20 Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:25am EDT

TOKYO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co will start complete knock down production of the Sunny sedan in Myanmar with a Malaysian partner in 2015, it said on Friday, becoming the first major global carmaker to assemble cars in the Southeast Asian country.

Nissan's Malaysian partner Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd will build a plant in the Bago region, some 70 km northeast of Myanmar's biggest city Yangon, with an annual capacity of over 10,000 vehicles, Nissan said in a statement.

"We are confident that Myanmar will be an important economic engine for the region and are committed to help develop its automotive industry," said Nissan Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn in the statement.

The companies will use parts sourced from Thailand, India, China and Japan as well as by local suppliers, Nissan spokesman Chris Keeffe said.

Global carmakers are rushing to set up in the Myanmar, which until recently was under international economic sanctions.

Earlier this year, Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, a smaller carmaker, resumed production of vehicles in Myanmar for the first time in three years, manufacturing about 100 small trucks a month.

In July, Nissan and Tan Chong Motor opened Nissan's first showroom in Myanmar, where they sell a pickup truck and a commercial van as well as provide after service and spare parts. (Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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