Production volume at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Baja California (TMMBC) increased by 60 percent during the first quarter of 2018, by building 640 daily Tacoma pickups, after the Japanese automaker carried out an expansion of US$ 150 million, which involved the addition of 800 new jobs, revealed Oscar Quijada, vice president of the plant located in Tijuana, to local news outlet Frontera.info.
The extended capacity resulted in a quarterly volume of around 42,000 units, a figure that contrasts with the 104,622 units that were manufactured throughout last year at the same facility.
The executive assured that this was the only plant assigned to increase the volume of production in North America and that the expansion works were carried out without affecting the output capacity.
"We do not stop the plant, normally when there are changes in the project of a plant there is a halt, but here the activity continued every day. Only weekends and holidays were used to make adjustments in the facility," he said. These adaptations were made within a period of 8 months during 2017.
The Tijuana plant employs a total of 2,000 employees plus 1,300 under external contracts. Some of the personnel is being sent to Guanajuato to support the opening of the plant, in which it was originally planned to produce Corolla sedans, but it was reassigned to manufacture more Tacoma pickups in order to meet demand in North America.