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.
Company acquires BT Industries AB of Sweden (now Toyota Material Handling Europe AB), a world-leading manufacturer of warehouse equipment.
Higashichita Plant starts operation, producing foundry parts.
Production starts on DC-DC converter for the Prius (automobile).
Mobile Rack introduced.
Company takes over the industrial equipment sales division of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Toyota Material Handling Customer Center Tokyo starts operation in Chiba.
Name changed to Toyota Industries Corporation.
GENEO-R (7FBR outside Japan) reach truck production starts.
RAV4 (SUV) production starts.
bB Open Deck (automobile) production starts.
Production of DC-AC inverter (1.5kW) for vehicles starts.
Advanced Logistics Solutions Co., Ltd. established to plan distribution systems and operate distribution centers.
Higashiura Plant starts operations, producing compressor parts.
AZ gasoline engine production starts.
Toyota Material Handling (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established to sell lift trucks in China.
Aichi Corporation, a manufacturer and seller of truck mounted aerial work platforms, etc., becomes a subsidiary of Toyota Industries.
Production starts on GENEO-E center-steering electric counterbalanced lift trucks.
Production starts on JAT710 air jet looms.
The total number of engines produced reaches 10 million units.
The total number of car air-conditioning compressors produced reaches 200 million units.
TD Automotive Compressor Georgia, LLC (TACG) is established to produce car air-conditioning compressors in the U.S.
Toyota Industries Trading & Logistics (China) Co., Ltd. (TTLC)(now Toyota Industries Management (China) Co., Ltd.) is established.
TD Automotive Compressor Kunshan Co., Ltd. (TACK) is established to produce car air-conditioning compressors in China.
AD diesel engine production starts.
Production starts on KD diesel engines for automobiles.
New GENEO (8FG/D outside Japan) internal combustion counterbalanced lift truck goes on sale.
VD diesel engine production starts.
Anjo Plant starts operations, producing electronic equipment.
Mark X ZiO production starts.
Toyota branded lift truck cumulative global production reaches 2 million units.
AR gasoline engine production starts.
The total number of car air-conditioning compressors produced reaches 300 million units.