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Airline seat firm to open factory.

Byline: Larry Neild

A JAPANESE airline seat maker is to open a factory in Speke after intensive work by Liverpool Business Centre and The Mersey Partnership. The two agencies worked closely with the Northwest Development Agency to pursuade Koito Aerospace to open a European manufacturing facility at Skypark International, a showpiece industrial park in south Liverpool.

The Far East company is one of the major makers of seats for commercial airlines and the Speke plant will initially employ 21 people.

The NWDA yesterday announced pounds 246,000 in Regional Selective Assistance for Koito Aerospace. The funding, together with support from The Mersey Partnership and Liverpool Business Centre, will enable Koito to undertake engineering, design, ma nu -facturing and maintenance of passenger seats for commercialaircraft.

Tom O'Brien, chief executive of The Mersey Partnership, said: ``It is great news to secure a manufacturing investment into the UK, in uncertain global market conditions. This investment from Koito, a leading Japanese company, is another boost to the Liverpool City Region. We really are open for business.''

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Date:Nov 25, 2003
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