Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced yesterday that Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), has opened a campus in York Township, Michigan, U.S.A. The new campus, which was officially opened during a ceremony yesterday, will handle TTC’s product planning and engineering design operations, as well as serve as TMC’s first collision-safety testing facility outside Japan.
TTC, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has served as TMC’s North American vehicle research and development base since 1977, has invested 187 million U.S. dollars in the York Township campus. The campus, for which plans were announced in April 2005, will create a total of 400 additional jobs at TTC by the end of 2010.
TTC’s Ann Arbor campus will continue to carry out evaluation activities, powertrain design and development, and research into materials and cutting-edge technologies.
With Japan as the centre, TMC has established research and development bases in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia to carry out vehicle and parts design, planning and evaluation. TMC intends to continue striving to develop and offer products that suit regional conditions, and to meet the needs of customers all over the world.
TTC York Township Campus
Location: York Township, Michigan, U.S.A.
Facilities: Engineering design (approx. 33,000 square meters); safety testing (approx. 17,000 square meters)
Site area: Approx. 280 hectares
Investment: 187 million U.S. dollars
Activities: Product planning, engineering design, safety testing
Outline of TTC
Name: Toyota Technical Center
Location: Ann Arbor and York Township, Michigan, U.S.A.
President: Shigeki Terashi
Established: June 1977
Activities: Product planning, engineering design, testing and evaluation, certification, technology investigation, and advanced research
Employees: Approx. 1,000 (as of October 2008; total of approx. 1,100 by end of 2010)