August 8, 2013
Toyota Opens Manufacturing Quality Control Center
Not only did Toyota up its quarterly profit by 94% in its April-June 2010 report, but the company it making it clear that product safety is back to being a top priority. The Japanese automobile corporation has announced that it is opening a manufacturing quality control center to oversee the production of all vehicles moving forward.
According to Toyota, the center will include a facility designed to train about 2,600 mechanics per year. And Toyota hopes to increase this number to 4,800 in the future. Altogether, the car manufacturer has about 120,000 mechanics located around the globe. But as Toyota continues to grow, this number is expected to increase and the new training center will be the largest for auto manufactures in the world.
As for the test course, the driving conditions are designed to accommodate Toyota’s new global marketing approach, which will include a variety of increased road conditions as seen across every possible landscape. The test track, therefore, will be designed to accommodate every condition from bumpy cobblestone to ice. There will also be measures taken to follow up with automobiles after they have been deployed onto the market. Recently, the car manufacturer made international headlines for having to recall about 242,000 vehicles from the market.
According to President Akio Toyoda, the company cannot prevent every problem from occurring once it is on the road.
"No vehicle is used in the same way, and all sorts of things happen that cannot be anticipated at the development stage," the president said. "It is impossible to build a vehicle that will never break down."
While it is impossible to build a vehicle that cannot break down, it is feasible to reduce the likelihood by a considerable amount. And the new manufacturing quality control is designed to mitigate those odds.