SINGAPORE Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.s (NSSMCs) automotive steel pipe and tube businesses in Mexico and India have started commercial operations.
Nippon Steel Pipe México SA de CV, which is 55-percent owned by Tokyo-based NSSMC, started commercial operations on schedule in late May, the company said June 28.
Mexico has become the worlds eighth-largest producer of four-wheeled vehicles, turning out 3 million cars in 2012, the company said, and with many Japanese automakers expanding their capacities in Mexico, NSSMC expects overall production to continue to rise.
Meanwhile, the Japanese steelmaker and its Thai subsidiary has completed work on the Nippon Steel Pipe India Pvt. Ltd. operations in Neemrana and obtained customer approvals, and the facility has begun commercial production.
Nippon Steel Pipe India, which has a capacity of 24,000 tonnes per year, is expected to employ 300 people when fully operational. Nippon Steel Pipe Mexico, which has the same capacity, will employ about 200 people on a full-operation basis.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.