Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp (TMC) will add a further Rp 1.3 trillion (US$141 million) to its investment in Indonesia this year, in order to increase its production capacity to 230,000 vehicles by 2013. “TMC has already agreed to add 50,000 vehicles more to the annual production capacity in Indonesia,” PT Toyota Astra Motor (TAM) president director Johnny Darmawan said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency. TMC president director Akio Toyoda had previously said in 2011 that the company would increase the production capacity of its manufacturing arm PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) from 110,000 vehicles to 180,000 vehicles per year, with an investment of around Rp 2.8 trillion. Johnny, who is also TMMIN vice president director, said that the investment was an additional investment because TMC saw the Indonesian market continuing to grow. With the additional investment, the total TMMIN production capacity in 2013 vehicles could reach 230,000, while in 2012 it was expected to reach 180,000 vehicles. He added that TMMIN would also build a new factory in Karawang, West Java, to meet the entire car demand in Indonesia. “We are still facing supply shortages, despite being assisted by Daihatsu,” he said, adding that there would be new models produced in Indonesia in the next few years. PT Astra Daihatsu Motor produces the Avanza multi-purpose vehicle and the Rush sports-utility vehicle for Toyota. Johnny added that Toyota was also increasing its investment in Thailand making both countries huge production centers in the Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, TMMIN spokesman Irwan Priyantoko said there was still plenty of space in Toyota’s 100-hectare plot in Karawang. “So far we have only used 40 hectares, including for the new factory to increase production to 180,000 cars per year,” he said. “We have not decided yet whether we need new buildings for the additional 50,000 cars.” In addition to manufacturing plant, Toyota’s facilities in Karawang also include stockyards and a testing ground. News Source: The Jakarta Post
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