In line with plans to strengthen European R&D, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced several executive appointments at its headquarters in Brussels and at its UK plant, from 1 January 2013.  

Tetsuji Sano has been named vice president, research and development 1, TME as the unit in Zaventem (Brussels) is reorganised into three functions in line with TME’s strategy of becoming the global planning centre for A, B and C segment vehicles.

R&D 1 and 2, each headed by a VP, will lead the planning and development of vehicles for Europe focusing on the three key areas where changes are made - diesel engines, interior quality and vehicle dynamics.  R&D 3 will cover advanced research and technical affairs.  

Katsutoshi Nishimoto is the new VP of operations management development in charged of the Toyota Production System and supporting manufacturing and logistics productivity improvements in Toyota’s nine factories in Europe.

Shigeru Teramoto becomes managing director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, UK (TMUK) which assembles the Avensis and Auris in Derbyshire and makes 1.6- and 1.8-litre engines in Wales.

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Toyota Motor Europe announces executive appointments for January 2013, strengthens R&D function

 

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) today announced several executive level appointments at its headquarters in Brussels and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, UK, effective 1 January 2013.  

 

Mr Tetsuji Sano is appointed Vice President, Research and Development 1, TME.  TME’s Research & Development in Zaventem (Brussels) is being reorganised in three functions in line with TME’s strategy of becoming the global planning centre for A, B and C segment vehicles.  R&D 1 and 2, each led by a Vice President, will lead the planning and execution of vehicle projects for the European market with focus on the key competency centres for Europe – diesel development, interior quality, and vehicle dynamics.  R&D 3 will cover the Advanced Research and Technical Affairs areas.  

 

Mr Katsutoshi Nishimoto is appointed Vice President, Operations Management Development, TME. This function coordinates the implementation of the Toyota Production System and supports manufacturing and logistics productivity improvements in Toyota’s nine factories in Europe.

 

Mr Shigeru Teramoto is appointed Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, UK (TMUK), TME’s manufacturing subsidiary in the UK.  TMUK has two facilities, a vehicle assembly plant in Burnaston (Derbyshire), which manufactures the Toyota Avensis, the Toyota Auris and Auris Hybrid, and an engine plant in Deeside (Flintshire, Wales), which manufactures VVT-i 1.6l and 1.8l engines.

 

Original source: TME media