World-famous porcelain producer Noritake of Nagoya, Japan undertakes the building of a new 160,000 square ft. factory, at an investment of £10 million. The IDA investment is £3.5 million.

Noritake Arklow Pottery is formally opened by Minister for Industry and Commerce Justin Keating in April 1977.  The Japanese company is expected to bring new technology and approaches to design, as well as access to a global distribution network.

It is expected that 90% of Noritake ware will be exported to international markets – two thirds to America and one third to Europe.

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