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FORD BREAKS GROUND ON NEW JAPANESE FACILITY

 HIROSHIMA, Japan, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford (NYSE: F) executives and Japanese officials today broke ground for a new testing facility here that will put Ford engineers close to potential Japanese customers for U.S.-built electronic automotive components.
 The new 23,000-square-foot facility will be called the Ford Electronics Development Center. It represents a $14 million investment and will employ 35-40 engineers who will begin by supporting Ford business with Mazda Motor Company.
 "Initially, the new facility will enable Ford engineers to work closely with Mazda engineers on the development of automotive components and systems manufactured by Ford Electronics Division (ELD) in the United States," said O.B. Marx III, Ford vice president - automotive components. "We hope to expand the center's role to support potential sales with other Japanese automotive manufacturers as well. Greatly improved sales in Japan would help create U.S. jobs and would be a positive contribution to the trade balance, which favored Japan by $49 billion in 1992."
 The facility, which will contain dynamometers, computer-aided design stations, prototype fabrication, and testing laboratories, will be completed and operational by year end. One of its first operations will be to adapt Ford electronic engine controls manufactured in Lansdale, Pa., for use in Japanese vehicles.
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