Toyota opens R363m Mega Warehouse in Kempton Park
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), has opened a 363 million rand new parts distribution warehouse in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa.
The R363 million centre was built and equipped in 15 months and was designed to serve the company's Southern African Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealer network with daily deliveries. It will also over support 70 international destinations where proudly South African built Toyota vehicles are found.
"Today's announcement signals the start of a new phase of investment and development for Toyota South Africa," says Dr. Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota SA Motors and a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation. "After announcing our intention to develop this facility in January 2011 we have also announced the local assembly of our Ses'fikile taxi and future plans to significantly expand this initial R70 million investment.
“The facility itself holds more than 2.2 million parts pieces worth more than 350 million rand ($42 million) and that supports 268 local suppliers. I am sure you see how important it is in light of future plans to develop the local component supplier industry,” he said.
The new facility has 39 000m2 of storage space and a further 3000m2 of office space. This area hosts the company’s Customer Service and Logistic Support divisions. Toyota has future plans to of making the warehouse at the largest of its kind on the African continent by adding a 38 000m2 space to it. He second phase will be completed by 2015.
“It is fortuitous that our new centre is opened on the eve of the introduction of the new Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP). We believe that this programme will create an environment in which Toyota and the automotive industry can further expand its operations, in turn benefiting the local component industry,” Van Zyl said.
Toyota subsequently made further commitment to invest billions of rand (millions of Dollars) into the South Africa economy in the next couple of years.
Toyota’s five years, 8 billion rand ($960 million) Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) is set to conclude at the end of this year and will replaced by the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) that will kick off next year. Although the company does not want to confirm the total investment planned for the coming five-year period, van Zyl says that it will be a multi-billion rand project.