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Japanese investments were made primarily in decision-making centers (28%), business services (22%), and production/manufacturing operations (21%). Japanese firms also accounted for 17% of all foreign investment in European headquarters in France. The textiles industry attracted 10% of all Japanese investments in France, as did the software/ IT services sector (10%). Japanese firms also accounted for 10% of all foreign investments and nearly one-quarter (23%) of all jobs thereby generated in the French automotive industry. Japanese investments were most often located in Ile de France (Paris region) (45%). FRANCE AS A RECIPIENT OF JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN EUROPE In 2016, France was the leading European recipient of job-creating investment from Japan, receiving 23% of Japanese projects in Europe, ahead of the United Kingdom (13%), Spain (13%) and Germany (12%). 1 1 Business France Europe Observatory. FLOW 67 PROJECTS (Business France) 1,490 JOBS (Business France) STOCK 490 COMPANIES IN FRANCE (Business France Tokyo office figures) More than 74,000 EMPLOYEES (Business France Tokyo office figures) FDI STOCK IN FRANCE: €14.5 billion 9TH PLACE (Banque de France*) FRENCH EXPORTS: €6.3 billion 12TH PLACE (Customs Authorities) NUMBER OF COMPANIES IN THE FORBES 2000: 219 TOP 5 JAPANESE COMPANIES BY EMPLOYMENT IN FRANCE Parent company Main business sector Workforce in France TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION Automotive industry 4,000-4,500 NTN CORPORATION Automotive industry Machinery and mechanical equipment 4,000-4,500 RICOH CO., LTD. Electrical/electronic/IT equipment 3,500-4,000 FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. Textiles, industrial textiles, clothing and accessories 3,500-4,000 JTEKT CORPORATION Machinery and mechanical equipment Automotive industry 3,000-3,500 SELECTED INVESTMENT PROJECTS IN 2016 IRIS OHYAMA: Consumer plastics manufacturer and distributer Iris Ohyama plans to set up for business in the Sénart logistics park, just outside Paris (Ile de France region). The 35,000 sq. m. facility will include with a plastic furniture plant and a logistics center in an investment expected to create around hundred jobs over the next two years. EKK EAGLE INDUSTRY: This global leader in mechanical seals announced the expansion of its Eagle ABC Technology subsidiary in Gensac- la-Pallue (Nouvelle Aquitaine region). The group currently has a plant in Segonzac (also Nouvelle Aquitaine region) that produces electromagnetic subassemblies for use in seal assemblies, and has also acquired a 5,500 sq. m. plot of land nearby for a second production facility. The new plant is slated to come on line in the summer of 2017 after an investment that will create a hundred new jobs. SHISEIDO CO., LTD.: Japanese cosmetics and luxury toiletry specialist Shiseido Group acquired the license for Dolce & Gabbana perfumes, which will now be made in France. Shiseido has modernized its Ormes and Gien plants (Centre-Val de Loire region), where new production lines will double production capacity.
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