Toyota will be hiring 150 employees, including engineers and researchers, for two of its plants in Michigan by the end of 2012 to localize more vehicle design and development in North America, according to a statement released by the Japanese automaker. The hiring will be done by Toyota Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
Majority of the new hires will be engineers, technicians, advanced researchers and scientists to be assigned to Toyota Technical Center’s facilities in Ann Arbor and Saline, both in Michigan.
Less than five of the new hires will assigned to Toyota’s powertrain and testing facilities in Gardena, Calif. According to Toyota, it is planning to create 100 new jobs at its Michigan technical centers over the next five years to advance engine and transmission development for the North American market.
The Japanese carmaker is currently recruiting employees to fill positions in powertrain, mechanical design, electrical engineering, electronics and advanced research. The company said that although full-time, permanent positions will be opened, its plans are subject to approval of state and local incentives.
Toyota Technical Center disclosed that it opened a dedicated office in Silicon Valley in order to localize research and development activities in North America as well as to enhance customer’s experience with in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Toyota Technical Center will co-locate with the Toyota Info Technology Center in Mountain View, Calif. Seiya Nakao, president of Toyota Technical Center, underlined the importance of developing in-vehicle infotainment technology to the company’s customers.
Nakao said that Toyota’s Silicon Valley office will work in partnership with the company’s key innovative partners in the region with the aim of bringing new ideas to market quicker through product development.
Headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America is a merger between Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America and Toyota Technical Center USA in April 2006. Toyota Technical Center USA was established in June 1977 to take charge of engineering design as well as research and development for Toyota in North America. On the other hand, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America formed in October 1996 to manage Toyota Motor Corp.’s overall manufacturing operations in North America.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America’s merger with Toyota Technical Center USA in 2006 to create Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America was meant to boost collaboration between several functions such as research and development, production preparation, production engineering as well as procurement. It was also meant to hasten up North American operational decision-making.