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October 20, 2004

FRANCE: New Toyota body parts supplier plant creating 120 jobs

Toyotomi Kiko, a parts subcontractor of Toyota, will create 120 jobs at its auto body parts plant in Onnaing, northern France, where the car maker has a production unit, according to reports.

By bcusack

Toyotomi Kiko, a parts subcontractor of Toyota, will create 120 jobs at its auto body parts plant in Onnaing, northern France, where the car maker has a production unit, according to reports.

The production facility, in which €60 million euro ($US75 million) will be invested, will chiefly supply spare parts for older Toyota models, which are no longer manufactured, but still in use in Europe, Toyotomi reportedly said.

Construction of a 20,000 square metre plant should begin in February 2005 with the facility operational in autumn 2006. With an annual output of a million parts, the Onnaing plant will be the second Toyotomi Kiko unit outside Japan, after a US factory, built in 1998.

Toyota assembles 210,000 units of the Yaris model annually at its site in Onnaing.

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