Toyota inaugurates P4.7B Batangas logistics hub

Toyota Motor Phils' (TMP) Batangas Vehicle Center features comes with 18 covered truck lanes for vehicle loading and unloading. Photo from TMP.
  • The 32-hectare Batangas Vehicle Center can hold 4,500 vehicles at any given time
  • BVC is dedicated to handling completely built up units
  • The facility is about 6 kilometers from the Port of Batangas, allowing for faster receipt of imported vehicles
  • It comes with 18 covered truck lanes for vehicle loading and unloading

Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) inaugurated on Sept 24 its P4.7-billion Batangas Vehicle Center (BVC).

The 32-hectare logistics hub has a pre-delivery inspection and post-production installation amenity that can accommodate 160,000 vehicle units annually with a stockyard able to hold 4,500 units at a time.

With the inauguration of BVC, the company’s Laguna facility—Santa Rosa Vehicle Center—will be dedicated to locally assembled—completely knocked down—Vios and Innova models, TMP said in a statement.

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BVC is about six kilometers from the Port of Batangas, allowing TMP to receive imported—completely built up—vehicles faster.

The facility comes with 18 covered truck lanes for vehicle loading and unloading. This weather-proof structure was designed to ensure safety, considering the weather conditions in the country. This design is also applied at Santa Rosa facility, making TMP the first among Toyota logistics facilities to have such a structure in the Asia Pacific region after Japan.

BVC uses RFID-tagging technology in an integrated management system for real-time vehicle tracking.

The inauguration comes amid recovery in the auto industry. “In the first half of 2021, the automotive market recovered to 72 percent of pre-COVID levels and continues to show an encouraging upward trend. TMP maintains its market leadership with a share of over 40 percent, putting us squarely on the path to 20 consecutive years of the triple crown – marking leadership in passenger car, commercial vehicle and total vehicle sales,” TMP chairman Alfred Ty said.

“This is our renewed commitment to better days ahead. This is part of our joint efforts with the government, business sector and Filipino people to win the war against COVID-19 and build a better tomorrow, together,” he added.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez in his speech at the inauguration commended TMP for “streamlining its logistics operations as it poses an opportunity to expand local manufacturing capacities.”