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Toyota accepts staff from halted aircraft factories of Mitsubishi Heavy

Recovering auto demand helps absorb excess workers from stalled aviation makers

Toyota group has accepted employees from airplane parts factories of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor's subsidiary Toyota Auto Body is taking several hundred employees from aircraft component makers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, as auto demand recovers while aviation continues to struggle.

Employees from companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy and Kawasaki are being transferred to Toyota's Yoshiwara Plant in Aichi Prefecture, which makes the Land Cruiser SUV, and Inabe Plant at Mie Prefecture, which makes the Alphard and Hiace. The workers are being put to work assembling auto bodies.

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