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Toyota to build first Myanmar assembly plant in Thilawa

Japan’s Toyota Group will start building an assembly plant in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) this year, according to a Myanmar Times source. Toyota Motor Corp, the automobile branch of Toyota, will invest several billion yen for the facility to manufacture pick-up trucks through semi-knockdown (SKD) production for the Myanmar market. An official announcement will […]

Govt to Boost Electric Car Market With 49 New Charging Stations

Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho on Friday said the government will allow private companies that partner with it to set up and operate charging stations for electric cars. “There are electric cars in Yangon, but they can’t be used for long-distance travel. So to solve this problem, we will allow private companies to run […]

Hyundai joins fray in Myanmar’s crowded auto market

Myanmar’s restrictions on imported vehicles are pressing foreign automakers to switch to local production, adding pressure to a crowded field in Southeast Asia’s last promising growth market. Last week, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor marked the opening of a new contract manufacturing facility in Myanmar by launching its first locally made cars. That makes it one […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

Toyota sees rising demand despite inability to issue Yangon license

Toyota Motors is seeing demand rise for its imported automobiles despite the inability to issue Yangon license plates allowing car owners to legally park in the notoriously congested city. The Japanese car maker yesterday launched the new Toyota Rush in Myanmar, where it hopes to sell up to 80 new units of the Rush within […]

Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

Why Myanmar’s government needs to do more to maintain economic growth

Myanmar’s economy is growing. In particular, the manufacturing and retail sectors are booming. However, the government must address significant challenges to maximise Myanmar’s growth potential. The manufacturing industry grew dramatically The government set bold industralisation targets. It wanted to promote manufacturing exports and lessen the country’s reliance on oil and gas. Industry, including manufacturing, contributed […]

New vehicle import policy disruptive to Toyota’s Myanmar strategy

Sales of Toyota cars are expected to trail behind that of other car makers in Myanmar as a result of the government’s latest vehicle import policy, a spokesperson for Toyota Motor Corporation said. Under the new policy, which was announced and made effective last month, all new imported cars must now be left-hand-drive in accordance […]

Nissan Car Dealers Wanted

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list As part of the business expansion, we would like to invite you to join us an our pioneers in growing the Myanmar market. We welcome interested potential dealers to operate in the following regions / areas: Mawlamyine Pathein Pyay Yangon Nay Pyi Daw Magwe Taungyi Lashio Mandalay Please […]

Nissan to build cars in Myanmar for first time

YANGON — Japanese auto giant Nissan will start assembling cars in Myanmar for the first time this year, the company said Wednesday, as it expands its presence in one of Asia’s final economic frontiers. Foreign companies have piled into the Southeast Asian nation since reforms began in 2011, eager to tap into a 51.5 million-strong […]