According to Autoliv, this expansion will accommodate the transfer of its seatbelt production and development operations from its leased facility in Fujisawa, Japan. The seatbelt operations will be combined with existing airbag operations to create a consolidated automotive restraints full-service safety centre in Tsukuba.
The company said that the 7,400 square meter addition will bring the facility to a total of nearly 20,000 square meters. The expansion and integration process is expected to be complete by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2010.
Jan Carlson, CEO and president of Autoliv, said: "The expansion in Japan demonstrates of our overall, long-term commitment to this very important market and to our customers there. The consolidation of our main airbag and seatbelt operations in Japan will not only enhance our ability to remain globally competitive, but also further improve the high level of service that our customers in Japan have come to expect from us."
Autoliv operates eight facilities to develop and produce automotive safety products and systems including airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels and safety electronics. The operations in Japan will also provide support and development services for it's operations globally dealing with Japan-based customers.