Japanese urged to set up auto spare parts making plants | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, November 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, November 11, 2009

Japanese urged to set up auto spare parts making plants

Automobile workshop owners and spare parts sellers yesterday urged Japanese vehicle manufacturers to set up spare parts making plants in Bangladesh to ensure a smooth supply of genuine auto parts to local market.
Counterfeit automobile parts with the brand names of famous companies are now dominating the market, causing huge troubles to workshop owners and vehicle users, they told a seminar in Dhaka.
"Almost 90 percent of the total vehicles are of Japanese origin and more significantly from Toyota. So the Japanese auto giant can set up a spare parts plant in the country to benefit its customers," said Belayet Hossain, president of Bangladesh Automobiles Workshop Owners Association.
Over one lakh buses and trucks and 16 lakh other vehicles are on the country roads now and most of those are imported from Japan, said Anisur Rahman, an adviser to Bangladesh Motor Parts and Tyre Tube Merchants Association.
Nippon Piston Ring Co Ltd of Japan and Hajee Automobiles jointly organised the seminar, attended by the automobile sector people.
Rahman also said workers and technicians of the sector are working efficiently with their first-hand experience although they do not have any formal training on automobiles.
Abdur Razzaq, president of Bangladesh Engineering Shilpa Malik Samity, urged the people concerned to take the issue of setting up spare parts plant seriously.
"Certainly we have to stand against the fake spare parts manufacturers and suppliers and stop their malpractices," said Abdul Haque, president of Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Japan Ambassador Tamotsu Shinotsuka said the Japanese manufacturers make standard products, which are renowned across the world.
Takayuki Harada, director and general manager of Nippon Piston Ring, also spoke at the seminar.

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