Japan Brake (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (JBT), a Thai subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan, has announced plans to build a second friction materials plant in Thailand. The new plant, which will allow production capacity to be doubled, is in response to the increasing automotive industry’s domestic demand the company stated. It is expected to start operations in February 2013.
The automotive industry in Southeast Asia is experiencing rapid growth with Thailand being a major contributor. In Thailand, Hitachi Chemical Group includes JBT, which manufactures friction materials, and other group companies that produce powder metal products, plastic interior/exterior automotive parts and lead-acid batteries.
Recently, the demand for friction materials in Thailand has been continually increasing. However, as its current site is not large enough to expand production, JBT has decided to build a second plant in Gateway City Industrial Estate. The new plant will produce friction materials, including disk brake pad, brake assembly and shoe assembly, aiming at increasing sales.
The Hitachi Chemical Group has friction materials manufacturing bases not only in Thailand, but also in Japan, China, Mexico, and India (to start operation soon).
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