Laos gets first car part factory

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Toyota BoshokuJapanese car part manufacturer Toyota Boshoku is the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacturing of automobile seat covers in the country. Production capacity is 200,000 units per year.

The Lao facility of the Toyota group company is supporting the automobile seat production of the company in Thailand. The seat covers will be supplied to Toyota Boshoku’s  Thai production base.

According to Toyota Boshoku, Laos is conveniently located for distribution to Thailand, which is a major regional automobile production hub. This is primarily on account of the East-West Economic Corridor, an economic development programme initiated in order to promote development and integration of four Southeast Asian countries, namely: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. This corridor is centered on a 1,450-kilometer road linking Myanmar in the west with Vietnam in the east.

Further, Laos is said to possess stable electricity supply and other infrastructure. In addition, because of the similarities between the Thai and Lao languages, Thai managers will be able to provide work-site instruction and training. Savannakhet Province where the plant is located is adjacent to the Thai border.

A third of the population of Laos lives below the international poverty line, meaning on less than $1.25 per day, so any investment in the industry is surely a bonus for this developing economy. It remains to be seen if further auto industry investment will come to this Laotian province.

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Japanese car part manufacturer Toyota Boshoku is the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacturing of automobile seat covers in the country. Production capacity is 200,000 units per year.

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Toyota BoshokuJapanese car part manufacturer Toyota Boshoku is the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacturing of automobile seat covers in the country. Production capacity is 200,000 units per year.

The Lao facility of the Toyota group company is supporting the automobile seat production of the company in Thailand. The seat covers will be supplied to Toyota Boshoku’s  Thai production base.

According to Toyota Boshoku, Laos is conveniently located for distribution to Thailand, which is a major regional automobile production hub. This is primarily on account of the East-West Economic Corridor, an economic development programme initiated in order to promote development and integration of four Southeast Asian countries, namely: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. This corridor is centered on a 1,450-kilometer road linking Myanmar in the west with Vietnam in the east.

Further, Laos is said to possess stable electricity supply and other infrastructure. In addition, because of the similarities between the Thai and Lao languages, Thai managers will be able to provide work-site instruction and training. Savannakhet Province where the plant is located is adjacent to the Thai border.

A third of the population of Laos lives below the international poverty line, meaning on less than $1.25 per day, so any investment in the industry is surely a bonus for this developing economy. It remains to be seen if further auto industry investment will come to this Laotian province.

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