Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), is to start supplying axle components for Freightliner, one of Daimler Trucks' brands in North America, from its Kawasaki Plant from 26 December.

The components to be produced at the plant are gear sets of rings and pinions forming a portion of the final drive, itself a component of an axle.

The components are currently produced at the Kassel Plant in Germany and the São Bernardo do Campo Plant in Brazil, as well as at the plant of Detroit Diesel, a North American engine, axle and transmission manufacturer, which is also part of Daimler Trucks.

In response to increasing demand thanks to strong North American business for Daimler Trucks, these gear components will be machined at the Kawasaki Plant as well, and then shipped to be assembled into parts for axles and installed on Freightliner trucks in North America.

The move is also part of the Daimler Trucks Asia parts export strategy, under which the organisation has already exported more than 1m parts from its plant in Chennai, India to other Daimler entities.

The Kawasaki Plant will produce 6,000 gear sets annually, with the first shipment going out in December.