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Toshiba Begins Power Transformer Production at New Brazil Plant

May 17 (Bloomberg) -- Toshiba Corp., the Japanese maker of flash-memory chips, elevators and steam turbines, has begun production of power transformers at a new plant in Brazil.

Toshiba Infrastructure South America Ltd., a Brazilian unit of the Tokyo-based company, opened the 6 billion yen ($59 million) factory in Betim, Minas Gerais state, Toshiba said in a statement today. It’s the second factory to make power transformers for the Brazilian unit.

The Betim factory will make medium- to large-capacity transformers while the factory in Contagem will focus on small-capacity units, according to the statement.

“Many South American countries are upgrading their social infrastructure and planning to promote development of smart grids,” Toshiba said in the statement.

The power transformer market in South America is forecast to expand to $250 billion in 2015 from $210 billion in 2012, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chisaki Watanabe in Tokyo at cwatanabe5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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