The start of construction of an automobile plant in Khimki was scheduled for the spring of 2018, but the deadlines were repeatedly shifted. According to NHK, the decision to cancel the construction was made due to unprofitability and tax complexities media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Subsidiary of Toyota Hino Motors, a Japanese truck and bus manufacturer, has abandoned plans to build a plant in Khimki, Moscow Region, NHK reports.
“Initially, the company planned to expand its business in Russia through the establishment of local production in anticipation of a significant increase in demand for trucks in Russia <…>, but the construction was decided to be canceled because it could not be expected to benefit from the delay in construction and tax complexities»,— the channel says.
The NHK article emphasizes that the events in Ukraine did not directly affect the decision of Hino Motors, and the current restriction on the export of Japanese trucks to Russia is considered by the automaker as temporary.
Hino Motors signed a contract with the government Moscow Region, an agreement on the implementation of an investment project in 2017. The start of the construction of the plant was scheduled for the spring of 2018, the production of the first machines— to the middle of 2019, but the dates have been repeatedly shifted. “First stone” was founded in 2019, the ceremony was attended by the governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov.
In December 2021, the launch of production at the Hino Motors plant near Moscow was postponed for the third time, to early 2023. Then the head of Isuzu Rus, Fabrice Gorlier, told Kommersant that the automaker had suspended the plant construction project and intended to sell the site.
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Since the end of February, the Japanese government has approved several packages of restrictive measures against Russia, imposed sanctions against companies and individuals, banned investments in the country, restricted exports and revoked preferential treatment in trade. In particular, in early June, Tokyo decided to ban the export to Russia of products that “contribute to the strengthening of industrial infrastructure”: steel tanks, conveyors, dump trucks, bulldozers, looms, and more.
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