Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey says Japanese automotive supplier, Vuteq plans to invest more than US$60m to open a manufacturing facility serving the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA  (MTMUS) assembly plant in Huntsville.

Japan-based Vuteq, which has operated in North America for more than three decades, is to take on around 200 workers for its first production location in Alabama.

The company joins a list of Tier 1 suppliers which have announced plans to set up operations in the region.

"The automotive cluster growing around Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA is gaining another significant addition with Vuteq's decision to open a manufacturing facility in Huntsville," said Ivey.

"Vuteq has established a large industrial footprint in the US and it's great to see the company expand that presence to our State."

Vuteq USA will produce interior and exterior plastic-injected parts and various sub-assemblies for Mazda and Toyota at their shared Alabama assembly plant, now under construction on a 2,500-acre tract in the Limestone County portion of Huntsville.

Construction work at Vuteq's site, just outside the MTMUS campus, is scheduled to begin in October.

Construction work is expected to be completed in September, 2020, followed by initial production trials of equipment, moulds and secondary systems. A production launch is targeted for 2021.

Vuteq USA has started hiring the first of its Alabama workforce, with full employment at the Huntsville facility projected to be reached in 2021.

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