Toyota starts construction of New Parts Logistics Centre in Spain

On March 9, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) held a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of its new parts centre in Illescas, Spain. TME is investing a total of euro 26.7 million to relocate Toyota Parts Centre España (TPCES) to a newly constructed and larger facility, scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2012.

The new 13,000m² warehouse will enhance the delivery of vehicle parts and accessories across Spain in line with expected sales growth. Attending the event were national and local authorities including Teresa Santero, General Secretary of Industry of the Spanish government, Maria Luisa Araujo, Vice-President of Castilla-La Mancha and José Manuel Tofiño, Major of Illescas, as well as Mr. Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan in Spain.As the current TPCES, located in San Agustín de Guadalix (north of Madrid), could not fully cover the Spanish territory, TME purchased 48,793m2 of land in Illescas (Toledo), south of Madrid in June 2008. This relocation is expected to result in a 53% increase in the number of orders to be served daily as well as in an expanded service range reaching a total of 224 retail outlets in Spain (up from 127).

"This new centre is the cornerstone to allow Toyota to provide a better service to our customers, improve the leadership of our logistics operations in Spain, and ultimately increase our competitive position in and our commitment to the Spanish market", said Didier Leroy, President of Toyota Motor Europe.

As part of Toyota's ongoing efforts to minimise the environmental impact of its operations and reinforce its environmental leadership, the new facility will introduce 'green' measures, such as waste and rainwater recycling, and renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic installations for improved energy efficiency.

The new TPCES will see its direct employment expand from the current 30 to 42 employees. The facility is one of 14 TME parts centres across Europe. In Spain, Toyota sold 49,000 vehicles in 2010 and has a 5.4% market share.