Korean automaker Toyota has expanded its Research & Development facilities at its Engineering & Manufacturing Centre (TMEC) in China. This is in accordance with the initial investment plan, which had been created at the time of the establishment of the R&D facilities.
The new plan includes improvements to the existing laboratory facility, a new laboratory, creation of a battery evaluation and test facility, and improvements to test tracks. The expansions are scheduled to completed from late 2018 onwards.
TMEC was opened in 2010 and the main aim of the facility is to produce cars for the Chinese market. The centre was created to focus attention on the localisation and strengthening of organisational development in the country.
With the expansion plan, the manufacturer is also preparing to begin demonstration tests for fuel cell vehicles in China and also to do research for the introduction of EVs into China.
Hiroji Onishi, Senior Managing Officer and CEO for the China Region said, "Efforts are being directed toward the reinforcement of local R&D capability for the long term. We hope to train as many local engineers as possible, and to develop more cars that would satisfy the needs of our customers in China."