Tan Chong to begin assembling Nissans in Myanmar

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Nissan is planning to start production of small passenger cars and pickup trucks in Myanmar, adding to its recent expansion in Vietnam, reports indicate. The automaker is looking at building several thousand vehicles annually through a partnership with Tan Chong Motor Holdings, which will construct an assembly plant in the country through an affiliate company.

In July, it was reported that Nissan had given Tan Chong sole and exclusive rights to distribute CBU Nissan vehicles in the country. At present, a sales and service centre has been opened in Yangon, and is selling imported pickups and large commercial vans.

The earlier report added that distribution of Nissan cars in the emerging market was expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013, with projected sales volume of about 300 units per year.

When it arrives, the Myanmar assembly facility will expand Tan Chong’s production presence in Indochina – the group opened its first international assembly plant in Da Nang, Vietnam, back in June. The TCIE Vietnam plant, which has an annual production capacity of 6,500 vehicles, builds the Nissan Sunny (the Almera in Malaysia) for domestic consumption.

Nissan isn’t the first automaker to assemble vehicles in Myanmar. Chery Automobile is already assembling small cars there, and both Suzuki and Tata – which launched its Nano compact there in May – are building small trucks in the country.

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  • Reminder on Sep 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    In before thanks to Tan Chong, NAP, Mahathir, Barisan bla bla bla…

    This is just an assembling warehouse, not a factory plant.

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    • Product made in bolehland no quality..so no need car to be built or assemble here…u guy said it to me like that..i hope subaru, cherry n great wall who want to built car in bolehland go thai instead…there cheaper n more quality..worker in boleh is lazy type n like to complain…especially who thumb down this comment

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      • Why Thailand ? Bangkok will flood frequently 5 to 15 years from now because of global warming. We all saw what happened a couple of years back. Plus, the Thai population is maturing, it’s not growing as fast as Malaysia, Indonesia or the Philippines. This would mean a lack of young men to work in the factories. And I wouldn’t say Thais are very efficient or productive either, they’re more or less the same as us.

        I predict 10 to 20 years from now, Thai’s automobile industry, so called ‘Detroit of Asia’ will collapse under its own weight just like the real Detroit did a few decades back. Don’t know about Malaysia, too hard to say for now. Indonesia will probably overshadow us within the next decade. Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar will also grow well. The Philippines, hard to say, but I’m sceptical. The other ASEAN countries are irrelevant.

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  • Vader on Sep 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    who else to start assembly line in Asia but not Malaysia?
    Not mentioned to attract more investor, but any action taken to hold the existing investor in bolehland?

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  • amfin on Sep 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    We should seriously see Top Gear Season 20 Episode 6 in where the presenters proudly showed off how significant and integral the UK in motor vehicle and machine industries. That’s whats is lacking in Malaysia and ASEAN region actually, to become east asian hub for manufacturing.We have the manpower and natural resources to become that impact here but we end up just producing mediocre product worst still most are just rebadged outdated Japanese product at exorbitant prices.

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  • Apa lagi lu mau ? Even TCH “migrating” to other country to assemble cars. Job opportunities lost, sigh.

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