|UMW Toyota Motor’s affiliate Toyota Boshoku UMW quite recently announced the start of operations at its third plant.|
Toyota Boshoku UMW (TBU), established in 2006, is a joint venture company between UMW Toyota Motor and Japan’s Toyota Boshoku Corporation.
TBU’s third plant spans a built up area of 3,200 square meter and has absorbed a cost of approximately RM22 million. In line with the business growth and technical advancements, Toyota Boshoku group has consistently provided TBU with technical support in terms of high technology machine designs, line set-up and technical training. TBU is also part of UMW Toyota Motor’s 3-year investment plan which would take up a funding amounting to a whooping RM 1 billion.
TBU in its entirety, including plant 1 and 2, focuses on manufacturing and assembling seats, door trims and interior parts for Toyota Vios, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova, Hiace and Hino commercial vehicles. Plant 3 is established to accommodate the production of the all-new Toyota Vios, as well as to improve remaining processes at TBU plant 1 and 2 namely for seat padding and head rest for the new Vios.
Interestingly, TBU is also the first plant in the country to introduce automated nonstop mould carrier changing. This plant has the seat forming padding capacity of a total of 118 sets per day for the new Vios. All operations and processes at TBU are specifically designed utilizing the Toyota Production System (TPS) to ensure production of good quality seat as per Toyota standards in terms of weight, density, hardness and appearance.
UMW Toyota Motor’s President Dato’ Ismet Suki reiterated, “With these investments and following Toyota’s continuous improvement or “Kaizen”, we believe TBU will continue to grow and realize our goal to be the leading vehicle interior system supplier in Malaysia with organization driven by customer first philosophy and guided by the Toyota Business Practices.”
As the number of Toyota vehicles on the road grew, the demand for assembling seats, door trims and interior parts has also increased. UMW Toyota also revealed that sales turnover in this department had risen from RM 121 to 230 million between 2004 – 2012.