Toyota has opened a vehicle logistics centre (VLC) in the Philippines to support the start of local production of the Vios model (pictured), which is planned for Q2 2018 at Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, where it also makes the Innova model.
The company has invested 464 million pisos ($9 million) in the facility, which occupies a total area of 12.8 hectares adjacent to the plant. It was designed and built with support from Toyota Motor in Japan and Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing Company in Thailand.
The company said the VLC would improve outbound logistics operations and increase stockyard capacity.
In a statement the company said that TMP has developed a new in-house manufacturing capability for the production of large plastic parts, including the instrument panels and bumpers, as well as pressed metal parts, including body shell parts and side members.
Toyota is making the Vios in the Philippines as an entry model under the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (Cars) Program, a government-backed initiative designed to develop the country as a regional automotive manufacturing hub by attracting investment, stimulating demand and implementing industry regulations aimed at revitalising the industry.
While imported parts will be used on the new Vios, TMP has increased parts localisation and so far has confirmed 30 direct local parts manufacturers as suppliers. Of these, four were approved as participating parts makers under the Cars Programme.
(Photo courtesy Manoj Prasad)