The Story of Sakichi Toyoda
Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Industries Corporation, possessed a strong ambition to contribute to society from his days as a youth. He had devoted his 63-year-long life to invention.
Toyota Industries’ car air-conditioning compressors are highly acclaimed in terms of their reliability at high operating speeds and quiet operation in addition to such excellent environmental performance features as compactness, weight reduction and fuel efficiency. The Car Air-Conditioning Compressor Business captures the world-leading market share in unit sales. Toyota Industries' car air-conditioning compressors have been adopted by world-leading automakers, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Daimler AG, General Motors Company (GM), Volkswagen AG and Hyundai Motor Company.
In addition, our electric compressors for hybrid vehicles (HVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) have been fitted in all of Toyota Motor Corporation’s HVs. They are also installed in HVs of Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. We will accelerate our efforts to expand sales to automakers in Japan, the United States and Europe.
More stringent fuel efficiency standards have been enforced in North America, Europe, Japan and China, requiring automobiles to provide extremely high fuel efficiency performance. Against this backdrop, in the field of car air-conditioning compressors to be fitted in internal-combustion vehicles, the need for fuel-efficient models is growing for both fixed- and variable-displacement type compressors. In North America, in particular, the shift from a fixed-displacement type to a variable-displacement type gained further momentum. In response, we are concentrating on development of a variable-displacement type compressor with considerably greater fuel efficiency while also focusing on an optimum balance between performance and prices of fixed displacement type products targeting emerging countries.
In the conventional way of simply developing and evaluating car air-conditioning compressors alone, we can only capture certain properties and may not be able to meet customer needs sufficiently. To counter the situation, we started creating our own experimental facilities in-house that can replicate a more realistic vehicle environment. By doing so, we can respond to customer needs more precisely and quickly while clearly clarifying our outstanding product strengths through more accurate product evaluation. The creation of experimental facilities internally also enables us to place our original technologies in a “black box” and prevent external leaks of our know-how and expertise. To further increase our competitive edge, we will launch this initiative on a full scale at our bases in and outside Japan.