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IHI expands jet engine components factory in Fukushima.

TOKYO, May 17 Kyodo

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. said Wednesday it has completed work on expanding a factory to manufacture components for aircraft jet engines in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.

The aerospace company built the factory, which has a total floor space of 42,490 square meters, within the premises of its existing Soma plant at a cost of 13 billion yen.

IHI will halt operations at another jet engine-related plant in Nishitokyo, Tokyo, in December with an eye to transferring its functions as well as 500 employees to the new Soma factory and nearby IHI affiliates, the company said.

Consequently, the combined workforce at the Soma factory and the affiliates will be doubled to 1,000 people, it said.

IHI has been expanding its jet engine production in recent years, including those for use in Boeing Co.'s 777 and 787 passenger jets, against the backdrop of rising global demand for passenger jets.
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