Indonesia begins exports within and outside ASEAN

Toyota's Cumulative production in Indonesia reached 1 million units in 1996, the same year that PT. Toyota-Astra Motor (TAM) marked 25 years since its foundation. Construction of the Karawang Plant began that year, and operations began in 1998, but production growth was sluggish as a result of the effects of currency crisis.

In 2003, TAM's manufacturing and sales functions were split in order to make Indonesia into a major supply base for IMV models. TAM was renamed PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) and put in charge of manufacturing operations, while the newly established distributor adopted the TAM name.

In 2004, TMMIN began producing the Kijang Innova, an IMV minivan, and began exports to other ASEAN countries. Exports were expanded outside the region in 2005. In addition, production and sales of the Avanza started in 2004 as part of the U-IMV project. Meanwhile, with respect to sedan passenger cars, production of the Corolla was terminated in 2003 and the Camry in 2004. A switch was made to imports from Thailand from the perspective of optimizing production within the ASEAN region in conjunction with the introduction of a preferential tariff system within ASEAN.

The construction of the No. 2 Plant on a site adjacent to the Karawang Plant was announced in September 2011, the 40th anniversary of TAM's establishment. The new plant will have a production capacity of 70,000 vehicles annually, and operations are scheduled to begin in early 2013 with production of a new series. Production capacity will be increased to 120,000 vehicles in early 2014, and the combined capacity of the No. 1 and No. 2 Karawang Plants will be 230,000 vehicles. Plans also call for an increase in exports.

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