Following a meeting of the board of directors, Ichikoh has decided to announce the creation of a new facility in Morinosato, Atsugi-shi.

This new facility, which will gradually take over the production of the Isehara plant, will be an opportunity to ‘secure the growth of Headlamp Business targeted in the company’s Mid Term Plan and supported by recent order intakes. The company also says it will enhance the company’s competitiveness based on lean manufacturing principles and ‘grasping benefits of innovative industrial concepts developed by Valeo’.

It says the ‘major step’ will enable the company to increase production capacities gradually, with new projects being launched directly in Morinosato. Proximity between Morinosato and Isehara will guarantee transfer of competencies.

Ichikoh is Japan’s longest-established vehicle lighting and mirror supplier.

Outline of new plant

  • Name of the plant: Morinosato Plant (tentative name)
  • Total investment : JPY16.4bn (US$0.014bn) (plan)
  • Location : Atsugi, Kanagawa
  • Site area: 64,000? (approximate)
  • Start of operation : July 2019
  • Production item : Automotive Lamps