JR East train.

JAPAN: With effect from April 1 East Japan Railway is to transfer its Niitsu Rolling Stock Plant manufacturing business to Japan Transport Engineering Co, the former Tokyu Car business which JR East acquired from Tokyu Corp in April 2012.

The transfer to J-TREC is to be undertaken through a company split, which JR East Group believes will enhance the competitive strength of its rolling stock manufacturing activities as a 'fourth business pillar' of the group.

The Niitsu plant in Niigat prefecture has produced around 4 200 vehicles since it opened in October 1994, and has developed a particular expertise in stainless steel commuter EMUs.