Toyota, Mazda Affiliates to Jointly Make Car Seats in U.S.

Economy

Nagoya, May 28 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Boshoku Corp. <3116>, an automobile parts manufacturer affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, and two car seat makers under the wing of Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> have said they will jointly produce car seats in the United States.

The car seats will be supplied to a joint automobile assembly plant that is set to be built by Toyota and Mazda in Alabama with the start of operations planned for 2021.

The announcement of the joint car seat production, made on Monday, apparently reflects the companies' aim to call visiting U.S. President Donald Trump's attention to their efforts to increase production in the United States. The president is on a four-day visit to Japan through Tuesday.

For the joint production, a unit of Toyota Boshoku overseeing the company's operations in the United States will set up later this year a new firm in Alabama together with a joint company between the two Mazda affiliates--Delta Kogyo Co. and Toyo Seat Co. The new company will be capitalized at 60 million dollars.

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