Toyota has set a new production benchmark for the South African motor industry with 94 500 vehicles produced at the company’s Prospecton manufacturing facility during the period January to June 2008.
This follows a multi-billion Rand revitalisation programme of Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Prospecton to transform it into one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the country.
Fully integrated into the global Toyota production network, Toyota South Africa boasts some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available to Toyota facilities outside of Japan.
Combined with an aggressive implementation of the renowned Toyota Production System manufacturing philosophy internally and at suppliers, this plant revitalisation has provided the platform for Toyota South Africa to take the position of leadership in manufacturing and vehicle exports in South Africa with production geared to 200 000 units a year.
The Prospecton facility ramped up to this level of production through the latter part of 2007 and the early part of 2008.
“This level of production has enabled us to build 56 700 vehicles during the first six months of 2008, split virtually 50/50 between Corolla Sedan and Hilux, for export to customers in more than 40 countries in Europe and Africa,” says Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota SA
“Toyota vehicles currently account for more than 40% of total vehicle exports form South Africa. As we move into the second half of 2008 our forecast build volume for exports of Corolla Sedan and Hilux for the year is 147 000 vehicles.
“The advances made in production at Prospecton in terms of increased volumes and efficiencies is brought into perspective by the fact that just a few years ago we regarded the production of 100 000 vehicles across a multitude of platforms a significant achievement. Today 200 000 vehicles a year based on just two platforms is a reality.”