The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association has completed a report on the organization’s contributions to the American economy.
According to the report, JAMA affiliates employed 3,600 R&D staff at 36 centers, up from 200 employees in 1987. Japanese production in the U.S. totaled approximately 3.5 million vehicles and 3.5 million engines in 2005, employing over 57,000 people.
JAMA members include Subaru, Isuzu, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Hino. Some plants are joint ventures with American car companies, such as Toyota’s joint venture with GM at their Fremont, Calif. plant, where Toyota’s Corolla and Tacoma and the Pontiac Vibe are manufactured. The Toyota-GM venture produced 355,077 Toyotas and 63,321 GM, employing over 5,000 people.
Japanese manufacturers exported 269,716 cars and trucks from the U.S. in 2005, for an estimated $5.5 billion in foreign exchange.
The entire report can be read by clicking here.