15 April 2009 11:17 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s Asahi Glass (AGC) will cease production of automotive glass at its plant in Kitakyushu by the end of 2009 due to a decline in demand, a company official said on Wednesday.
This would reduce AGC’s total domestic automotive glass capacity from 7m car units to just below 6m, according to the official.
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Due to significant decreases in automotive glass demand in
In December 2008 AGC had reduced operations at glass factories around the world to 70%.
AGC expected to incur yen (Y) 5bn ($50m) in extraordinary losses in the fiscal year ending December 2009 as a result of the
However, the producer did not plan to revise its forecast because consolidated earnings projections for the current fiscal year, announced on 6 February, had factored in extraordinary losses of Y60bn, it added.
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