Japan's Hashimoto Forming and France's Aries Industries will jointly begin procuring parts and materials later this year.

Nissan has ordered exterior parts for the new March/Micra/Clio produced in Japan and Europe from Hashimoto.

In Europe, the two companies are scheduled to supply mouldings and radiator grilles to Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK for the Micra.

Hashimoto plans to use the Aries distribution network, allowing it to take advantage of the French company's close ties with Renault in order to cut costs.

Last December, Hashimoto and Aries announced a joint venture to develop and produce exterior resin parts for vehicles that would enable both companies to better integrate with Renault and Nissan's global strategy.

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