Leading sewing machine manufacturer Janome Sewing Machine Co is to spin off its die-casting plant in April and shift production from its Yamanashi plant in Japan to Thailand.

The move was revealed in its new three-year business plan which also states the company will strengthen its mainstream sewing machine business in Europe and the US.

In Europe, the company plans to boost sales by strengthening activities of Janome Holland BV, while in the US it will start providing Sears with brand products from June.