New Data Release Highlights Japanese-Brand Automakers’ 40 Years of Manufacturing Excellence in America


WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association US office (JAMA USA) released its annual contributions update entitled, “40 Years of Manufacturing Excellence in America.” The release highlights how Japanese-brand automakers have established a decades-long legacy of manufacturing excellence in the United States and become an integral part of the US auto industry.

The release shows that Japanese-brand automakers invested over $57 billion in their US manufacturing facilities over the last four decades and now directly provide 110,000 American jobs, a nearly 16% increase since 2020. The release also profiles Japanese-brand automakers’ extensive vehicle and engine production in the US, as well as their ongoing investments in sustainability.

Below are key 2021 data points:

JAMA US Economic Contributions Data

2021

Cumulative US Manufacturing Investment (USD)

$57.1 Billion

Vehicle Production in the US (units)

2,723,564

Engine Production in the US (units)

3,444,931

Exports from US Plants (units)

301,953

Number of US Employees

Manufacturing

69,464

R&D/Design

6,992

Headquarters, Sales & Others

33,544

Total Direct US Employment

110,000

“Japanese-brand automobile manufacturers have a strong, positive history in the United States. Our members have played an integral role in the US economy and have helped local communities to prosper since the first US Japanese-brand automobile manufacturing facility opened in the ’80s,” said Anita Rajan, General Director of JAMA USA. “Through their significant investments in America, Japanese-brand automakers have created high-quality jobs and forged a skilled workforce who stands ready to take on the demands of advanced manufacturing today and in the years ahead.”

“This year’s release is a true testament to our members’ commitment to the American automotive industry and workforce of the future,” Rajan continued. “Our members will remain at the forefront of driving innovation in critical vehicle technologies like electrified vehicles and developing advanced vehicles to meet the needs of American drivers and families. The spirit of innovation is at the heart of Japanese-brand automakers’ US operations over the past 40 years and will continue to be for decades to come.”

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