Toyota’s Australian Technical Centre to close by 2016

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR double cab

Toyota Technical Centre Asia Pacific Australia (TTC-AU) in Notting Hill, Melbourne, Victoria will cease its operations by June next year, ahead of a planned shutdown of local vehicle manufacturing in 2017 at the company’s plant at Altona,

The facility, operational since 2005, has a significant role in developing the new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models, and is only one of five Toyota technical centres worldwide. Japan, the United States, Belgium, and Thailand are the other countries, which have a Toyota technical centre of their own.

As part of the downsizing effort, a redundancy program will be implemented, affecting the 160 current staff at TTC-AU. From that total, 19 personnel will be absorbed in Toyota Australia to concentrate on localisation work, while 30 staff will be relocated to Toyota technical centres in the US and Japan.

2015 Toyota Fortuner Crusade

2015 Toyota Fortuner Crusade

Speaking to Australian publication Drive, Max Gillard, president of TTC-AU stated that the Fortuner was “the biggest multi-national development program ever undertaken by Toyota Motor Corporation”.

“Our local tech centre was assigned full responsibility for the design engineering of the Fortuner’s unique upper body and wiring harness, not just for some markets, but for the entire world. It’s a really great Australian story,” he added.

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  • Siapa kata kehilangan local industry adalah baik sila angkat tangan.

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    • dicky on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Some people dun bother or mind about anything so they prefer proton close shop

      True story

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  • Cause & cost to be paid as Hi income nation. Dear Najib , pls use some brain & deep thoughts B4 U spit it from your mouth

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  • kapchai on Oct 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    The Australians are so proud that they designed one particular Toyota model (Fortuner). What about in Japan where they design hundreds of models every year? The Japanese team must be working 24 hrs a day !! LOL!

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