Benefits Of Toyota's Local Manufacturing
Toyota Altona Plant tour by dealer staff
5th July, 2009
Toyota Australia opened its manufacturing plant to dealers
and sales staff recently to highlight the economic importance of the company's locally-made vehicles.
Toyota manufactures four-cylinder Camry and V6 Aurion sedans in Altona, Victoria.
One thousand participants from Toyota Australia's 211 dealerships toured the production plant to
update their knowledge on the quality and features of Camry and Aurion and the vehicles' importance to
Toyota Australia senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said the Australian
production, sale and export of Camry and Aurion directly supported Australian business and jobs.
"Through our sales personnel, our customers will know they have the option to back quality locally
built products that contribute to the local automotive industry and economy," he said.
Toyota's 3,400 employees at its manufacturing plant in Altona last year produced 141,467 vehicles and
114,752 four-cylinder engines.
Nearly 3,000 businesses across Australia supply parts to Toyota, and business transactions involving
Toyota vehicle parts totalled $2.92 billion during 2008.
"Manufacturers are under pressure - significantly scaling down manufacturing operations, and as
a consequence many parts suppliers are struggling to make ends meet," said Mr Buttner.
"Toyota is doing all it can to buoy the market and with the Altona plant soon beginning
manufacture of another vehicle, Hybrid Camry, further employment security and supplier demand will be
created," he said.
Toyota is the number one motor vehicle maker in Australia and has Australia's largest automotive
export programme, generating $1.9 billion a year in export revenue.
Toyota exports in 2008 reached an Australian industry record of 101,668 cars to over 20
At a regional level, 211 Toyota dealers play a significant role in supporting their local
communities, collectively employing in excess of 11,000 people.