TOYOTA Boshoku UMW Sdn Bhd is expanding its operations with the opening of its third plant in Shah Alam, Selangor, early this week.
Toyota Boshoku is a joint venture between Japan's Toyota Boshoku Corp and UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd to manufacture and assemble Toyota vehicles here.
The RM22 million new plant on a 3,200-sq-m built-up area will accommodate the production of Toyota's completely-knocked-down (CKD) units and improve existing processes at its Plant 1 and Plant 2.
"It is to accommodate the all-new Toyota Vios project and complement the other two plants, particularly for seat padding and headrest for the Vios production," UMW Toyota president Datuk Ismet Suki said.
"At the same time, Plant 3 will be pioneering the introduction of vibration absorption foams in order to provide comfort ride to Toyota customers. This plant has the seat-forming padding capacity of 118 sets per day for the-all new Vios," he said in a statement.
Ismet said the growing operation of assembling seats, door trims and interior parts is in line with the rising number of Toyota vehicles on the road over the years.
"Since 2004, the sales turnover has grown from RM121 million to RM230 million in 2012," he added.
Established in 2006, Toyota Boshoku manufactures and assembles seats, door trims and interior parts for Toyota Vios, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova, Hiace and Hino commercial vehicles.
Formerly known as Seat Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, the company's first plant started operating at Assembly Services Sdn Bhd's manufacturing facility, assembling seats for the Corolla and later on, expanding to seat frame, door trim and headlining assembly for other Toyota models.
In 2011, it invested over RM8 million to develop Plant 2, focusing on sewing and cutting operations, and introduced "Package Tray", which is also known as the rear speaker board for the new Camry's CKD project.
"With these investments and following Toyota's continuous improvement or 'Kaizen", we believe the company will continue to grow and realise our goal to be the leading vehicle interior system supplier in Malaysia with the organisation driven by customer first philosophy and guided by the Toyota business practices," Ismet said.