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An update on Nissan’s Myanmar plans – the automaker says it will begin assembling cars in the republic later this year in partnership with Tan Chong Motor (TCM), having announced plans to build a manufacturing site in the country three years ago.

Nissan said it will initially assemble completely knocked-down Almera (known as the Sunny in that market) sedans at an existing TCM factory, before build eventually moves to a new 50-acre facility in Bago, which is located 80 km northeast of Yangon.

The new plant, which is due to come online in 2018, will have a workforce of approximately 300 and a production capacity of 10,000 units at full production. To prepare for the initial assembly, 200 employees are being trained at the TCM plant in Malaysia as part of a knowledge-transfer initiative that will provide the local workforce with the necessary skills, the automaker said.

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Nissan and Tan Chong will also work to enhance and expand the entire business network in the republic, which currently includes a branch office and dealers in Yangon. Sales in Myanmar began in 2013, and the current product lineup in the country includes the X-Trail, Teana (Altima), Navara and NV350 Urvan, with local production adding the Almera to the lineup.

In November last year, Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) and Nissan signed a five-year distribution agreement. That same month, TCM stated its plans to expand its Myanmar business, saying it would be investing US$50 million (RM211 million) over the next three years.