Japanese logistics provider KI Logistics has announced plans to invest $11m in a 20,000 square-metre facility warehouse in South Carolina based at the Matrix Industrial park near Greenville. It will serve a variety of automotive manufacturers in the immediate area. 

The new KI Logistics facility, which will hire upwards of 150 employees, is set to go online in July next year and will function as KI’s North American headquarters.

KI Logistics, a subsidiary of the Kimura Unity Company, currently counts Toyota among its customers, but more recent alliances include Drive Automotive Industries, which makes parts for BMW amongst other carmakers, and JTEKT, which runs an automotive engineering platform, as well as a parts production facility in the Matrix park. 

Kimura has operated a 6,500 square-metre steel container and rack plant, for automotive customers, in nearby Laurens since 2002. 

It is the latest in a series of investments in South Carolina by Japanese automotive companies. Others include Bridgestone’s tyre manufacturing plant in Graniteville, Honda’s all-terrain vehicle plant in Timmonsville and Komatsu’s heavy equipment factory in Newberry.