With gas-discharge headlamps taking a larger share of sales, Koito Mfg. Co. Ltd., Japan’s leading maker of automotive lighting, expects to strengthen its market position in the coming five years. Koito currently holds a nearly 50% share of OE headlight and taillamp sales in Japan, with fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) sales of ¥201.1 billion ($1.75 billion). Global sales, with the largest portion going to Toyota Motor Corp., Koito’s major shareholder, were ¥337.6 billion ($2.9 ...

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