As part of the automaker’s expansion plans into emerging markets, Nissan announced it would start producing cars in Myanmar this year.
Nissan have started to sell cars in Myanmar in 2013, with the current product lineup including the X-Trail sports utility vehicle, Altima sedan, Navara pickup truck, NV350 Urvan van and Civilian minibus. Three years ago, the Japanese automaker also revealed its plan to build the largest automobile manufacturing site in Myanmar, announcing now that it would begin assembling new cars for the first time in the country with its local partner Tan Chong Motor Group. The company said its project for a new manufacturing facility in the country’s Bago region were progressing well. Nissan will initially use an existing Tan Chong factory to assemble the Sunny compact sedan, before transferring production to the new plant, which will employ approximately 300 workers who are expected to produce 10,000 units at a full output capacity.
To prepare for assembly, 200 employees are being trained at the Tan Chong plant in Malaysia as part of a knowledge-transfer initiative that will provide the local workforce with the necessary skills. Nissan and Tan Chong will also work to enhance and expand the entire business network, which currently includes a branch office and dealers in Yangon. Nissan’s expansion in Myanmar comes as part of the company’s wider growth plans in emerging markets, which includes productions in countries such as India, Brazil, Russia and Nigeria. Demand in Myanmar is expected to grow rapidly, following economic and political reforms that have been started in 2001 in the country, after nearly five decades of military regime.