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Japan’s Kubota Corporation announces plans to locate new plant in Lille Region

05 Dec 2013 | Investment, Mobility, Front page

After considering several sites in different European countries Japan’s Kubota Group has announced that it will build a €40 million tractor assembly plant in Bierne, near Dunkerque, France.

The new facility, which is expected to create 140 jobs by 2017, will begin operation in April 2015 and will assemble some 3,000 tractors annually for the European, American, Australian and Japanese markets.

According to Kubota Corporation, “We chose the site near Dunkerque because it is at the center of our main European market for this new model. It is also close to port facilities, which gives us a substantial edge in logistics costs for global exports.”

Pierre de Saintignon, First Vice-President of the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council, noted that the region had faced fierce competition from other European regions, especially in the Netherlands and in Germany. “Kubota’s decision underscores once again our region’s high-quality resources, our unique location, our skilled workforce and our appeal for Japanese investors.”

Luc Doublet, President of Nord France Invest, noted Kubota’s praise for the support and hard work of Nord France Invest, Dunkerque Promotion, national and local government offices and the mayor of Bierne, all of which worked closely with AFII to bring the Japanese manufacturer to the region.

Kubota Corporation: Founded in 1890 by Gonshiro Kubota and based in Osaka, Japan, Kubota Corporation originally manufactured water pipes to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. In line with its key values—innovation, quality, service and environmental protection—Kubota Corporation has developed three core businesses:

  • industrial and agricultural machines—tractors, landscaping equipment, construction machinery, industrial diesel engines
  • industrial systems and materials—steel pipes and valves
  • environmental engineering¬—solid waste and sewage treatment and recycling plants, submerged membrane filters and water treatment plants.

Kubota Europe, a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation Japan, is based in the town of Argenteuil, just outside Paris. Thanks to a large network of distributors and dealers, Kubota Europe distributes its products in France, Italy and many other European countries and is the European market leader for compact tractors, mini-excavators and industrial diesel engines under 50 hp.

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