UMW TOYOTA MOTOR: RM 8 MILLION TO ESTABLISHED TOYOTA BOSHOKU 2ND PLANT
Shah Alam, November 1 – Toyota Boshoku UMW Sdn Bhd (TBU) today held an opening ceremony for their second plant. TBU was established as a joint-venture with Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Japan and UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd in 2006. TBU focuses on manufacturing and assembling seats, door trims and interior parts for Toyota Vios, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova, Hiace manufactured by Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) and Hino commercial vehicles.
TBU has allocated over RM8 million to develop the new TBU plant 2 on a 3,000 square meter built-up area. The project started early this year as part of UMW Toyota Motor's RM1 Billion investment plan for 3 years until 2013.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the new plant, En. Ismet Suki, UMW Toyota Motor's President said, "Toyota Boshoku UMW (TBU) was established more than 25 years ago in 1985. Previously named Seat Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, TBU plant 1 started its operations at ASSB manufacturing facility, assembling seats for Corolla and later assembling seats for other Toyota models. In 2008, a TBU plant in Pekan Pahang was established to cater for the growing business and a newly acquired business from Suzuki Malaysia Automobile to assemble seats for Suzuki Swift".
As the number of Toyota vehicles on the road grew, the demand for assembling seats, door trims and interior parts has also increased. "Since 2004, the sales revenue has grown from RM 121 million to RM 186 million in 2010. For this year, we are confident to maintain our sales target of more than RM 180 million", said En. Ismet Suki.
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. This new plant was also established to accommodate the introduction of the New Camry CKD project and to improve remaining processes at TBU plant 1 namely logistics, frame welding, door trim and seat assembly. He added, "At the same time, this plant focuses on the sewing and cutting operations and introduction of a new product called the "Package Tray" which is also known as the rear speaker board for the new Camry CKD project".
All operations and processes at the plant are specifically designed utilizing the Toyota Production System (TPS) to ensure that this plant activity follow the stringent Toyota Standard. This will further improve customers’ satisfaction, in line with the company's theme, "One Team - Customer First".
As part of towards maintaining "Zero Accident" at all of TBU plants which follow the strict Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Japan operations guidelines, TBU plant 2 also provides better working environment for all their staff such as the standardized material racking and lightings to ensure better visual and water curtain system for better ventilation.
"The layout of this plant was also designed with safety in mind incorporating the separation of man and machine in the operational areas", said En. Ismet at the event.
He added, "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."
The event to mark the significant milestone was held in the presence of YBhg Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor; Mr. Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, YBhg Datuk Syed Hisham Syed Wazir, President and Group CEO, UMW Holdings Berhad and En. Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor.