Toyota group’s heavy truck and bus arm, Hino Motors, has announced that it will add a second shift this month to increase production of Toyota Hilux pickup trucks by 20%. The extra shift at its Hamura plant near Tokyo will lift output to an average of 460 units per day to cope with growing exports to Latin America, the Middle East and other regions.
About 250 workers are being transferred from the firm’s headquarters plant in Hino, Tokyo, where it makes medium-duty trucks, to Hamura. Hino prefers to shift staff around rather than hire new people as it took a decision to cut out all temporary workers last March, shrinking the headcount in Japan to 9,600 from 12,000.
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