Plastic fuel tank maker Inergy Automotive Systems will open its third factory in Japan, doubling its manufacturing capacity in the country.
Inergy, based in Paris, will begin construction at Kitakyushu this month.
The site will produce multilayer blow molded tanks beginning in September with full product launch by early 2004.
Most of the tanks will go to Tokyo's Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., although the site also will support other customers in the region, Inergy officials said.
The officials did not disclose the cost of the investment in the site.
The company also has factories in Oppama and Kyushu, Japan.