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Research and Development (R&D)

In keeping with its founding spirit of “Be ahead of the times through endless creativity, inquisitiveness, and pursuit of improvement”, Toyota Industries actively carries out research and development activities. Our R&D activities can be broadly classified into two areas, (1) product development and improvements performed independently within each business division, and (2) R&D undertaken mainly by the “Research & Development Center” separate from the activities of our business divisions and with a view toward company-wide management strategy.

1. R&D Activities Carried Out by the Business Divisions

In each of our internal divisions various initiatives, centered on the technical departments, are being taken to promote the advanced development of future products that will lead the world in functionality, quality, and low cost. The results of these R&D activities are unveiled at an internal technology exhibition in each division and also at a company-wide technology exhibition held every year where the engineers from all divisions gather. In this way we strive to give our engineers access to a wide range of exchange opportunities.

Car air-conditioning compressor characteristic evaluation test

Car air-conditioning compressor characteristic
evaluation test (Installing it in the vehicle)

Testing the noise level of a lift truck
Testing the noise level of a lift truck

2. Research & Development Center Activities

The “Research & Development Center”, which is located in Kyowa, Obu City, Aichi Pref., undertakes the advanced development of fundamental technologies which will be the keys to the future products of each division, and advanced research for the development of new products for new businesses as well as development of materials and other technologies that will come to serve as the common foundation for all divisions.

For example, there are a multitude of research and development results and prototypes such as a wide variety of functional parts for use in fuel cells, non-contact power supply technologies for use in clean logistics, super smooth coatings for inside car air-conditioning compressors, and three dimensional fabric reinforced composite technologies. From this point forward research and development will continue into new technology themes for every field including automobiles, materials handling equipment, and electronics.

Testing frictional wear of a new material
Testing frictional wear of a new material
Micro analysis of the surface
Micro analysis of the surface

In order to make research and development more efficient and introduce leading edge technologies, we conduct collaborative research with Toyota Central Research & Development Laboratories, Inc., an R&D facility of the Toyota Group involved in basic research, as well as with universities, other outside R&D institutions, and manufacturers. Top level research activities are carried out with the support of the newest simulation software and analytical instruments. In this environment our researchers and engineers are developed through wide-ranging participation in scientific societies in all the major technological fields, such as machinery, electronics, physics, and materials, etc. This allows them to absorb the latest technologies and we create opportunities for them to deepen their practical business experience in product development through exchanges with the other technical divisions within Toyota Industries and cooperation with other members of the Toyota Group.

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