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Pandemic grounds launch of Japan's IHI jet engine repair shop

Weak demand delays plan for first new plant in two decades

IHI's Mizuho works in Tokyo: The pandemic is expected to weigh on demand for aircraft engine maintenance for some time.

TOKYO -- IHI, Japan's top maker of aircraft engine parts, will push back the opening of a new production and servicing center as the coronavirus pandemic sends shock waves through the aviation industry.

The launch of the facility in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, IHI's first new plant in 21 years, had been slated for this year but will now be delayed roughly six months.

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