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Toyota hosts HEV Battery Localization Line-Off Ceremony in Thailand At Gateway Plant, Chacheongsao Province

     Mr. Michinobu Sugata, President of Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., has honored his presence to preside over the HEV Battery Localization Line-Off Ceremony recently taken place at Gateway Plant, Chacheongsao province. The ceremony has also been attended by the top executives of Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., including Mr. Ninnart Chaithirapinyo, Chairman of the Board; Mr. Keigo Nihei, Executive Vice President; Mr. Vudhigorn Suriyachantananont, Executive Vice President; Mr. Chatchai Taveesakulvadchara, Executive Vice President; as well as Mr. Apinont Suchewaboripont, Executive Vice President of Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Ltd., on 9th May 2019 at Gateway Industrial Estate, Chacheongsao province. 

     Mr. Michinobu Sugata, President of Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., said “Toyota has continues our deep commitment to the development of environmental friendly automotive technologies for the future in accordance with “Toyota Environment Challenge 2050” initiative. The company’s key missions are to develop automotive technologies that efficiently minimize the emission of carbon dioxide, as well as to increase the proportion of environmental friendly vehicles, for instance hybrid electric vehicles, on the road. These missions are consistent with the government’s policy that is aimed at driving Thailand to be the long-term production base of environmental friendly vehicles. As Toyota has always tried to respond to the government policy towards the next generation vehicles. Therefore, we’ve challenged ourselves to realize battery localization for Hybrid electric vehicles, by established the HEV Battery Production Line at Toyota Gateway Manufacturing Plant in Chacheongsao province. It can be said that this facility is Toyota’s first HV battery production plant ever established in Southeast Asia”

     HEV batteries produced at Toyota Gateway Plant in Chacheongsao province will be further used in Toyota C-HR, Camry Hybrid, and various future Toyota models to be introduced to customers both locally and internationally. In addition, a wide range of highly advanced mechanical technologies have been installed in the production line, for example Collaborative Robot (COBOT) that are integrated into the production environment to efficiently work in conjunction with human in order to support the production and quality control process. Furthermore, Toyota Motor Thailand has adopted the knowledge and knowhow of HEV battery production from Toyota Motor Corporation Japan to use in this production line in order to ensure that the operation process lives up to the international standard. Parts used for HEV battery production are imported from Japan and also from local suppliers in Thailand. In this regard, Toyota takes part in supporting the quality control of part production from local suppliers to make sure that the process completely meets Toyota’s standard. Moreover, a myriad of environmental friendly practices are employed in the HEV battery production line at Toyota Gateway Plant, for instance the use of power from alternative energy sources like solar cell, in which the power is kept in the storage made from the modules of used HEV batteries. More importantly, the automated mechanism “Karakuri” is also applied to minimize the energy use in the production process. 

     Mr. Michinobu Sugata concluded “In addition to the opening of HEV Battery Production Line in Thailand, Toyota also has plan for the future regarding the management of used Hybrid Battery under the project named “Hybrid Battery Life Cycle Management (3R Scheme)” in the form of Rebuilt, Reuse and Recycle. Toyota has developed this important initiative to prepare for the future market expansion of hybrid electric vehicles and other types of vehicles that require batteries. These projects can minimize the waste and contribute to the circular economy in Thailand from the environmental friendly point-of-view. These can also help reduce not only battery import but also our customer’s cost of ownership of our Hybrid EV’s” 

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