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Brother boosts Chinese output of its tapping centers.

Add Brother Industries Ltd. to the list of Japanese machine-tool builders making further inroads into China. Starting to assemble the compact, No. 30-taper, CNC machining centers that it calls tapping centers in September, Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. (Xian, Shaanxi Province), a wholly-owned subsidiary founded in 2001, will raise the monthly volume to 200 units by fiscal year 2011 ending in March 2012. The entire output will be sold in China along with those to be supplied by Citizen Zibo Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. (Zibo, Shandong Province). The subsidiary of Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd. (Miyota, Nagano Pref.) served as the sole production base in China for Brother's Tapping Centers until the latter opted for production in scenic Xian. It came after a trader, Yamazen Corp. (Osaka), was awarded contracts to supply a total of 2,300 Tapping Centers from two Taiwan-based electronic-components manufacturers operating in China. Yamazen runs 14 technical services centers in the mainland compared to two for Brother, one in Shanghai and the other in Dongguan, Guangdong Province.

From our Asian correspondent.
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Publication:Metalworking Insiders' Report
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Date:Jan 10, 2011
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