Toyota continues modernisation works at its St. Petersburg plant

Toyota continues modernisation works at its St. Petersburg plant

Autostat – Toyota continues the modernisation of its St. Petersburg plant, where two new production shops commenced operations in November, alongside the start of the new Camry production. Toyota Motor president Hidenori Ozaki has told Kommersant newspaper that an increase in the automation level of the welding shop is being planned in the forthcoming period. Accordingly, new robots will be installed in the welding line in August. Ozaki has stated that the localisation rate has been increased to 30%, by moving the seat and sealant manufacturer Toyota Boshoku to the production premises.

The annual production capacity of the factory will be increased to 100,000 from 50,000, before the year-end. The production of RAV4 will start in the factory in 2016. By this means, 800 additional staff will be employed at the facility. The investment made by Toyota in St. Petersburg will reach 16 billion rubles, with the inclusion of the new 5.9 billion rubles investment.

The factory has manufactured 36,610 Toyota Camry in 2014 (+2.6%). The year-end sales figure of the model in Russia is 34,117 (+3.7%). The factory has exported 3084 vehicles to countries such as Kazakhstan and Belarus in 2014.

Hidenori Ozaki states that the Russian sales of Toyota and Lexus is equivalent to 2% of the worldwide figure.