MHI hopes to forming shipbuilding alliances

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has said it is hoping to form new alliances with three local Japanese shipbuilders in an attempt to manage the changing shipbuilding environment.

The company added that it had seen a need to undertake, "swift and progressive steps to secure the competitive strength."

MHI is set to begin discussions with the three companies – Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding – which it hopes would collectively provide Japan's commercial ship industry with "robust global competitive strength".

The move toward forming these alliances targets the integration of MHI's shipbuilding technology and engineering experience with the three prospective partners' manufacturing capabilities.

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