Takao’s Wales division has opened a £15.5m press and stamping facility at Ebbw Vale, Wales.
The Japanese automotive component manufacturer, which supplies vehicle body parts to Honda and Toyota, has already created more than 120 jobs as a result of the investment.
The expansion, which was supported by the Welsh Assembly Government with grant aid, has doubled the size of its facility on Rassau Industrial Estate.
The opening marks the completion of the second phase of a major investment programme by Takao in Wales and signals the start of full production with two shifts operating.
The expansion follows the company’s acquisition of the former Yajima plant in 2007 when a small parts division was set up.
This second phase has doubled the size of the plant to 10,000m2 and created a press hall equipped with the latest equipment.
It has transformed its Welsh operation into a key part of Takao’s global operations and it is seen as a long-term commitment by the company.
A high percentage of the £15.5m investment went on the construction of the purpose built press hall. which incorporates a number of features including a 6m deep basement/pit that runs beneath the entire length of the 100m long hall to capture and recycle scrap metal from the presses.
The investment has also seen the installation of robotic welding systems, seven transfer/progression presses ranging in size from 200 to 1,000 tonnes and the installation of an automated stock picking station.