Canon to Hire 5,000 in Thailand

New plant will have annual production capacity of 5.5 million units a year.

Canon Inc. said on Sept. 21 that it would spend $170 million to build a new plant in Thailand employing a workforce of 5,000 to meet rising global demand for inkjet printers.

The plant will be located in the northeastern province of Nakhonratchasima, with operations set to start in October 2011.

"Increasing demand expected in the future has created a pressing need for Canon to expand its production capacity for inkjet printer products," the company said.

The new plant is the Canon group's second manufacturing foothold in Thailand and will have an annual production capacity of around 5.5 million units a year.

Canon expects to realize benefits from the new facility, including synergies with the existing plant in Ayutthaya about 100 miles away through using its parts supplies and infrastructure.

Canon also makes inkjet printers in Vietnam.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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