Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. (HMMT) which is one of Toyota’s group companies held the official foundation stone laying ceremony for starting construction of manufacturing and development center for trucks and buses in ASEAN on July 26, 2019. This center, with an area of 400,000 square meters (250 Rai), will be located at the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi, Bang-bo district, Samutprakarn Province. On this auspicious occasion, the company is honored to have Mr.Apichin Jotikasthira - Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Industry as the guest of honor of the ceremony, and welcomed Mr. Ninnart Chaithirapinyo - Chairman of Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., Mr. Makoto Minagawa - Senior Managing Officer, Hino Motors, Ltd., Mr. Tetsuya Daikoku – Managing Officer, Mitsui & Co., Ltd, and other distinguished guests from government agencies, as well as top management from Toyota and Hino group companies to the ceremony.
This center comprises of product planning, R&D, and manufacturing offices, integrated with a test course and an operation base, worth of 3,560 million THB, and is expected to start operation by 2021. With the center, HMMT aims to meet the needs of customers in Thailand and develop and offer the most ‘best-fit’ products which exceed customers’ expectation in ASEAN, as well as in other countries by 2024. This will allow HMMT to contribute to Thailand with its investments and exports as well as a transfer of technology, specialized skill, and enhanced employment in areas such as research and design etc.
Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Mr. Somchai Pleankaew, President of Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd., said,
“In the next 2 years, after our first-in-ASEAN production and development center starts operation, Hino will not merely be a domestic manufacturer of trucks and buses but will position Thailand as an important development and production base for the ASEAN region and beyond. The center will comprise of a model factory with the newest technologies, integrated with the development office and a test course. Our goal is to develop and produce the ‘best fit’ products for our customers both in Thailand and ASEAN in a timely manner. This new center will offer a safe and environmentally friendly workplace, of which our team members love and are proud of. Moreover, we will collaborate with Toyota and Hino groups in ASEAN to enhance each company’s competitiveness and further support the development of the industries and economy in Thailand and the ASEAN region.
In heeding with Hino’s global slogan “Trucks and Buses that Do More”, Hino is willing to take on every challenge and focuses on Three Directions, namely “Best-fit products incorporating safety and environmental technologies,” “Total support customized for each vehicle,” and “New activity areas,” in order to continuously provide customers and societies with these values.