Mitsubishi may be on the brink of closing its only US production facility, with the carmaker preparing to put the plant on the market.
Nikkei News from Mitsubishi’s home market of Japan reports that the carmaker is facing a fast-approaching union contract expiry date and declined to comment when asked if production would continue.
Mitsubishi is instead said to be considering a stronger push into emerging Asian markets, with China being the primary target.
While the plant may be about to see its last vehicle roll down the production line, Mitsubishi was willing to confirm that it has no plans to exit the US market altogether.
Mitsubishi is also said to be seeking employment opportunities on behalf of the 918 workers employed at the plant, who will see their contracts expire next month.
A union representative told industry paper Automotive News that he is yet to hear any news about a potential plant closure, and the facility continued operation ‘as normal’ for the time being.
The plant has been producing new cars since 1988, as part of a joint venture with Chrysler that Mitsubishi held at the time.
Production reached beyond the 200,000-mark each year during the early 2000s, but reports now suggest that figure has shrunk to well below 100,000.
In 2012, Mitsubishi offered to sell its Netherlands factory for €1 on the proviso that the new owners retained the services of its 1500-strong workforce.
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