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Nissan's Thai unit to hire 2,000 employees to ramp up production

Automaker's global restructuring plan to benefit kingdom at Indonesia's expense

Nissan's Kicks hybrid electric SUVs, which are produced in Thailand. The automaker is set to cut its global production capacity by 20% from fiscal 2018's 7.2 million units. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

BANGKOK -- Nissan Motor will hire about 2,000 new employees to increase car production at its Thai unit, as part of a global restructuring effort by the financially-battered Japanese automaker in which Thailand will be a major beneficiary.

Nissan has already stopped operations at its Indonesia plant and plans to withdraw completely from production there. It had tried to expand local sales by introducing low-priced models under the Datsun brand, but failed. As a result, Thailand will now be Nissan's only large-scale production base in Southeast Asia.

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