Toyota announces new investment in TMMF
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Valenciennes to be upgraded to enable future production based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
- Investment of more than €300M in Toyota’s French manufacturing operations.
- This enables the plant to ambition producing 300,000 vehicles annually in the future.
- 300 additional permanent contracts will be created from this year, with the potential of another 400 permanent jobs when full capacity would be reached.
Brussels, Belgium – January 22, 2018 – Toyota Motor Europe today announced that it will invest a further €300M in its Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) car plant in Valenciennes (France), bringing total cumulative investment to €1.4B.
In the coming months, the facility will be progressively upgraded with new equipment, technologies and systems, to prepare the future introduction of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
TMMF will in a first step convert 300 temporary contracts into permanent contracts to support the preparation works, and foresees another 400 permanent jobs when full capacity is reached.
We remain focused on strengthening the global competitiveness of our European plants. The roll-out of TNGA manufacturing capability is part of this plan. The upgrade of TMMF is a sign of confidence in our employees and suppliers, and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency. We also appreciate French state and local authorities support.
This announcement is a good sign for our continuous expansion in France and in Europe. In 2017, Yaris- labelled “Made in France” in 2012 - was again the most produced single model in France. I am fully convinced that this decision will reinforce Yaris’ position as the core of Toyota’s Brand in Europe.
This investment highlights the trust of the Toyota Group in all our efforts to produce superior quality cars for our customers. The flexibility agreement signed in 2017 with our local unions contributed to this investment decision. This investment puts us in a position to eventually achieve our aim of 300,000 units/ year in the future.
The investment programme is being supported by incentives from the French State and Local Authorities (Hauts-de-France Region and Valenciennes) for training, innovation and further enhancements of the plant’s environmental performance.
Toyota has launched a global programme to gradually upgrade its manufacturing sites to produce next generation, TNGA-based vehicles. In the future, the majority of Toyota’s global models will be built using TNGA platforms. TNGA already underpins the new, fourth generation Prius and the C-HR crossover, vehicles that represent Toyota’s commitment to build ever-better cars for our customers.
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Notes to the editors:
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories, and Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs around 20,000 people in Europe and has invested over EUR 9 billion since 1990. Toyota’s operations in Europe are supported by a network of 30 National Marketing and Sales Companies across 53 countries, a total of around 3,000 sales outlets, and nine manufacturing plants. In 2017, Toyota sold 1,001,700 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe.
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About Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF)
TMMF, located in Onnaing near Valenciennes in the Nord prefecture, was established in 1998 as one of Toyota’s major production sites in Europe. Since the start of production in 2001 they have built over three million Yaris vehicles. 87% of the total production is being exported to 42 destinations including the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The Toyota Yaris is the most produced vehicle in France and is the first vehicle having received the official label “Made in France” in 2012.
The plant has benefited so far from Toyota investment totalling more than 1.1 billion euros and currently employs 3,821 people.
TMMF has always been a plant with zero waste to landfill, but since 2007 it is successfully reclaiming 100% of its waste.
TMMF enjoys global status as a Toyota eco-plant, promoting excellence and best practice in environmental matters, from energy-efficient manufacturing to the on-site harnessing of sustainable energy and the promotion of renewable projects.