Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has begun construction of a new 13,000m² parts centre in Illescas, Spain where it will relocate its existing centre from San Agustín de Guadalix, north of Madrid.
The company is investing €26.7m ($37.2m) in moving Toyota Parts Centre España (TPCES) to the larger facility, which is expected to be finished by the second quarter of 2012.
Toyota said the new Illescas warehouse will enhance the delivery of vehicle parts and accessories across Spain in line with expected sales growth. The relocation is expected to result in a 53% increase in the number of orders met daily, as well as in an expanded service range reaching a total of 224 retail outlets in Spain (up from 127).
“This new centre is the cornerstone to allow Toyota to provide a better service to our customers, improve the leadership of our logistics operations in Spain, and ultimately increase our competitive position in and our commitment to the Spanish market,” said Didier Leroy, President of Toyota Motor Europe.
The facility is one of 14 TME parts centres across Europe. In Spain, Toyota sold 49,000 vehicles in 2010 and has a 5.4% market share.
The company held a ceremony last week to celebrate the move. Pictured (left to right) are: José Manuel Tofiño, major of Illescas; Maria Luisa Araujo, vice president of Castilla-La Mancha; Mr Takahashi, ambassador of Japan in Spain; Teresa Santero, general secretary of Industry of the Spanish government; and Didier Leroy, president of Toyota Motor Europe