Toyota celebrates 50 years of car manufacturing in Malaysia – from the 1968 KE10 Corolla to in the present day’s Yaris
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) – a three way partnership between native conglomerate UMW Company and Toyota Motor Company (TMC) – celebrated 50 years of car manufacturing in Malaysia with a particular ceremony held at its new plant in Bukit Raja, Klang this morning.
The golden jubilee occasion was graced by Sultan of Selangor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and HRH Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin. Additionally current had been Selangor menteri besar Datuk Amirudin Shari, Japan ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa, and Tatsuro Ueda, CEO of China and Asia area at TMC.
In his speech, UMWT chairman Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman expressed his gratitude to the state and federal governments for his or her help over the a long time. “Our heartfelt because of all Toyota prospects and Malaysians to your contribution and help over the past 50 years, which has enabled us to be the place we at the moment are,” he stated.
On UMWT’s newest funding of round RM2 billion to arrange the Bukit Raja manufacturing facility, Hamad Kama Piah stated the transfer has introduced within the newest and superior manufacturing expertise, excessive ranges of automation and progressive design, whereas selling vitality effectivity in Malaysia.
“On the similar time, we’ve not forgotten the atmosphere and security; our new plant has been conceived as a society-caring plant which is much less noisy, and it operates with varied renewable vitality initiatives in addition to low in carbon footprint,” he stated, including that UMWT additionally emphasises on human capital growth to develop extra high-skilled Malaysian expertise whereas decreasing the necessity for overseas labour.
Trying forward, the UMWT chairman stated that in tandem with market growth, the corporate will proceed to develop native suppliers and promote larger localisation.
“Toyota’s imaginative and prescient is to prepared the ground in the way forward for mobility, pursuing new and progressive methods of connecting folks by transportation and expertise. This may solely be achieved by partaking the expertise and fervour of individuals, who consider there’s at all times a “higher manner”. On this sense, I really admire Malaysians and significantly the folks of Selangor to your arduous work to make Toyota develop to what it’s in the present day,” stated Ueda, the TMC rep, who described the brand new manufacturing facility as among the best in Asia when it comes to superior manufacturing tech.
To commemorate Toyota’s 50 years manufacturing milestone in Malaysia, UMWT introduced a Toyota Yaris to the Selangor Youth Group. The five-door B-segment hatchback was handed over to HRH Sultan Sharafuddin. The affiliation’s patron is the Raja Muda of Selangor, DYTM Tengku Amir Shah.
Right here’s a short historical past on Toyota manufacturing in Malaysia. In 1968, the Champion Motor plant in Shah Alam began assembling Toyotas, with the primary mannequin being the Corolla KE10 you see right here. In 1975, Champion Motor was renamed to Meeting Providers Sdn Bhd (ASSB), and the identify is getting used until in the present day. In 1982, Sejati Motor, the predecessor to in the present day’s UMWT (the identify change occurred in 1987) was fashioned as a JV between UMW, TMC and Toyota Tsusho Corp. It acquired the ASSB plant.
When 1990 got here round, 300,000 items of Toyota autos had been assembled in Malaysia, and the tally reached 500,000 in yr 2000. Halfway by the last decade, the primary era of the IMV vary (Worldwide Multi-purpose Automobile) together with the Hilux, Innova and Fortuner was launched. The a million items milestone was reached in 2011.
Extra not too long ago, the Camry Hybrid rolled out of Shah Alam in 2015, the primary hybrid mannequin to take action. In 2016, manufacturing of the second era IMV vary began, in addition to building of the Bukit Raja plant. In 2018, the 1.5 million mark was reached.
The brand new 670,000 sqm Bukit Raja plant’s first fruit is the present Toyota Vios, adopted by its Yaris hatchback sister mannequin – each had been launched this yr. With round 1,000 workers, the brand new plant’s present manufacturing quantity is 50,000 items per yr, with room for growth. ASSB’s Shah Alam plant continues to be working at a capability of 38,000 items a yr. It places collectively the Toyota Hilux, Fortuner, Innova and Hiace panel van.
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