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April 14, 2016

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German sunroof maker expands footprint in Japan

Automotive roofing systems supplier Webasto, is expanding its plant in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Thus, the leading automotive supplier is bolstering its presence in Japan, the third largest car-producing country in the world. The inauguration of the enlarged plant took place on April 5, 2016, attended by Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE, along with a number of high-ranking representatives of Webasto, its customers and local officials. Around EUR5.6 million was invested in the construction of the new two-story building with an effective floor space of over 5,000 square meters.

Webasto, Subaru, and Mazda officials inaugurate expanded sunroof plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

“In 2015 we produced over 10 million roof systems worldwide. More than a million of these were manufactured here in Hiroshima alone. The impressive number makes this site the largest plant for roof systems in the global Webasto Family,” said Engelmann. “The expansion of this plant strengthens our position in Japan, one of the strategically crucial markets for the automotive industry and for Webasto.”

In addition to Engelmann and Jörg Sandmann, President of the region Japan and Korea, the inauguration was attended by the mayor of Higashi-Hiroshima, representatives of Mazda and Subaru as well as the staff of the plant itself.

The new building created additional production capacity that will be required for future projects. Moreover, new office and conference facilities were built for the growing number of employees, especially in the area of engineering. This year, Webasto is planning to hire more than 40 new staff members in Hiroshima.

Webasto has been operating in Japan since as early as 1978. In 1990, Webasto initiated production of roof systems for nearly all the well-known Japanese automakers at its Hiroshima plant. The location now encompasses an effective usable space totaling 12,500 square meters. At present, it produces primarily sunroofs and panorama roofs for customers such as Mazda, Nissan and Subaru.

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