By Liz White, UT staff
Mount Juliet, Tennessee-Lear Corp. and Tachi-S Co. Ltd announced 30 March that they have set up a third joint venture to support business with Nissan globally.
The joint venture, TACLE Seating, USA llc, held a groundbreaking ceremony the same day to celebrate construction of a new facility in Mount Juliet dedicated to supplying seats to Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The facility is TACLE's first US plant and its third location globally. When fully operational in mid-2007, the 9000-sq.m plant will employ up to 170 people. Tachi-S Engineering USA will hold 51 percent and Lear 49 percent in TACLE Seating.
In a joint statement, Kousaku Tarumi, president and coo of Tachi-S, said how excited the company is about the opportunity to supply Nissan in North Americam "where the company's growth in the automotive market continues to surge."
Lear and Tachi-S's existing joint ventures supply seats to Nissan in Sunderland, UK and Guanzhou in China.
Lear aims to diversify its business, commented Gideon Jewel, president of Lear's Japanese Customer Division, "with a strategic emphasis on expanding sales to Asian automakers." The US supplier is "committed to providing Nissan the best service, quality and interior products available in the industry today," Jewel continued, in the statement.
Tachi-S, established in 1954, and headquartered in Tokyo, is an automotive supplier, focusing on seating. The group has 3563 employees and 2005 sales of Yen 183 655 million ($1560 million).