Toyota has to date conducted extensive research to enhance the dismantlability of ELVs (End-of-Life Vehicles) and the recyclability of parts. To further advance dismantling and recycling technologies and commercialize and incorporate them in vehicle designs based on the technologies and expertise gained from this research, Toyota established the Automobile Recycle Technical Center within Toyota Metal Co., Ltd. in 2001.
Automobile Recycle Technical Center (Handa City, Aichi Prefecture)
The Automobile Recycle Technical Center is promoting activities oriented toward the Japanese government's goal of increasing the vehicle recovery rate to 95% by 2015. The Technical Center conducts research and development on recycling design considering effective use of resources and appropriate and efficient dismantling/separating/recycling technologies in collaboration with Toyota's development and design divisions. Research results are communicated to design divisions within the company, where they will be used to design vehicles based on the concept of DfR (Design for Recycling), and also to dismantling companies, thereby helping to promote recycling.
Studying the effectiveness of methods to drain fluids
Positioning of the Automobile Recycle Technical Center