TOKYO, Sept 20 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)