Nissa has announced that it will begin producing cars in the Southeast nation of Myanmar for the first time by the end of 2016.
Vehicle assembly will be made in partnership with Tan Chong Motor Group and there are plans for a new manufacturing facility, in the Bago region, which will employ approximately 300 workers and have a capacity of 10,000 units, at full production.
Nissan and Tan Chong officials were joined by Bago government officials to sign a land lease agreement: "Nissan is pleased to have the opportunity to be part of new motoring growth in Myanmar", said Nissan Motor Asia Pacific President and Corporate VP of Nissan Motor Co., Toru Hasegawa.
Until work will kickoff, an existing plant owned by Nissan's local partner will start assembling the Sunny compact sedan. Tan Chong will also be in charge of training 200 employees for the Bago facility, at a different factory, in Malaysia, as part of a knowledge-transfer initiative.
Nissan and Tan Chong will continue to enhance and expand their business network, which currently includes a branch office and dealers in Yangon. The Japanese brand's expansion in Myanmar is part of the company's wider growth in emerging markets, which includes production in countries like Russia, Brazil, India and Nigeria.
The automaker started vehicle sales in the Southeast Asian country in 2013 and its product lineup includes the Altima sedan, Civilian minibus, X-Trail SUV and Navara pickup.
Note: Chinese Nissan Sunny pictured