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Toyota Boshoku UMW (TBU) has opened its third plant in Shah Alam. The plant will support the processes at the first two plants by producing seat padding and form-in-place headrests for the new Toyota Vios.

Additionally, the new plant will be pioneering the introduction of vibration absorption foam to improve the new Vios’ ride comfort, said UMW Toyota Motor president Datuk Ismet Suki.

Over RM22 million has been allocated to develop the plant on a 3,200-square metre built-up area. The project started earlier this year as part of UMW Toyota Motor’s RM1 billion investment plan from 2011 to 2013.

“Since 2004, the sales turnover has grown from RM121 million to RM230 million in 2012,” Ismet said, adding that the demand for assembling seats, door trims and interior parts has also increased.

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TBU was established as a JV between Toyota Boshoku Corporation of Japan and UMW Toyota Motor in 2006. It produces and assembles seats, door trims and interior parts for the Toyota Vios, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova and Hiace built by Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB), as well as Hino commercial vehicles.

The first plant (ex-Seat Industries (M) Sdn Bhd) started its ASSB operations assembling seats for the Corolla. It expanded later on to seat frames, door trims and headlinings for other Toyota models.

In 2011, TBU invested over RM8 million to develop its second plant. This plant focuses on sewing and cutting operations, as well as the “Package Tray” – the CKD Camry‘s rear speaker board.

The new Toyota Vios’ Malaysian launch is just around the corner. The order books are open, with estimated pricing revealed. You have a rough idea of its specifications and equipment, and we’ve shown you the car at IIMS, Bangkok, Spot & Snap, on a trailer and on oto.my – everywhere but in the kitchen sink.

Not long now, boys and girls!