Suzuki Doubles Down in Myanmar

Japanese automaker Suzuki just announced that it will build a second plant in Myanmar. As the country emerges foreign automakers have been quick to establish product and distribution capabilities in the country.

Suzuki already has one manufacturing plant in the country and recently locked down a 50-acre plot at the Thilawa special economic zone southeast of Yangon for the new plant. Construction is expected to start later this year for a 2017 launch of the facility. The new plant will increase their capacity in Myanmar significantly.

At the new plant, Suzuki plans to produce some 10,000 cars a year, including the Ertiga a seven-seat compact by assembling imported parts. The company currently only produces 150 of its Carry mini-trucks a month at their other factory so this new plant will see a significant strengthening of the Suzuki brand.