Pirelli makes tyres in Romania:

Milan-based Pirelli Tyre, a subsidiary of Italian group Pirelli & C SpA, has officially started operations at a new facility in Romania. The €170m plant, located in Slatina, close to Pirelli’s steel-cord facility, will manufacture tyres for cars and SUVs. The industrial complex, which includes the steel-cord facility, will employ 450 workers in tyre production by the end of 2006.

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Aisin plans Ontario factory:

Japan-based auto components manufacturer Aisin Seiki Co plans to expand its presence into Canada by building a new plant in Stratford, Ontario, in 2008. The company will produce door frames for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and will hire about 100 employees.

Toyota opens Kazakhstan office:

Japanese car giant Toyota Motor Company has announced that it has opened an office in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan. Toyota Motor president Tomoaki Nishitani said: “The regional car market is developing vigorously and has vast potential.”

Ashok unit for South Africa:

India-based Ashok Leyland, a manufacturer of commercial, defence and emergency vehicles, has announced plans to set up an assembly unit in South Africa. It expects to sell about 1000 vehicles in the first year, mainly in southern and central Africa.

Karmann builds Michigan plant:

A $22m expansion by Germany-based automotive supplier Karmann USA will add 375 jobs in Plymouth Township, Michigan. Karmann is building a 44,000m2 plant to house its new subsidiary, Karmann Manufacturing.

ATR sets up Sydney office:

France-headquartered aircraft provider Avions de Transport Regional has opened a new sales office in Sydney, Australia, to reinforce its presence in Asia-Pacific, where it already has sales offices in Beijing, Singapore and Bangkok.