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Aisin Seiki to establish second production base in Thailand

Japanese auto component manufacturer Aisin Seiki has announced that it will establish the Aisin Thai Automotive Casting Company as its second production base in the Prachinburi Province of Thailand, corresponding to production expansion in the Southeast Asia region.

Aisin Seiki's existing Thai subsidiary, Siam Aisin, produces brake, auto body and engine components and supplies them to the ASEAN region. Production volume has increased over the years in line with expansion in the automotive industry in this region, driving steady growth.

Amid a projected increase in demand for engine components for compact automobiles, Siam Aisin will separate its engine components business into an independent entity to create a production system by business able to handle increasing product sophistication.

This move aims to expand business and further strengthen competitiveness.

Construction of the new plant will begin in December 2008 and Siam Aisin's spun-off business will be shifted upon completion in the latter half of 2009. Plans call for production to commence in November 2009.

Aisin Thai Automotive Casting's main product line will consist of engine components, including timing chain cases, water pumps and oil pumps. The new company will reportedly create an integrated production system from the die cast processing of aluminum parts to machining processes and assembly.

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