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TOYOTA OPENS NEW AUSTRALIAN HEADQUARTERS

Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon John Howard MP, and Premier of Victoria, the Hon Steve Bracks, today joined global Toyota Motor Corporation President Fujio Cho to open Toyota Australia’s new corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne.

The three level building will accommodate around 340 people in 11,000 square metres of floor space on the original site where Toyota began making cars in Australia over forty years ago.

Toyota Motor Corporation President Fujio Cho said the new facility will provide a showcase of Toyota’s presence in Australia and increase Toyota Australia’s operational efficiency.

“The new building reflects Toyota’s position as the country’s number one automotive company and allows Toyota Australia to continue to develop as a competitive participant in the global automotive industry,” said Mr Cho.

Mr Cho commended the federal and Victorian governments for their support of Toyota Australia and the Australian automotive industry.

“I am delighted to see Toyota making a $50 million commitment to establishing a new corporate headquarters,” said Prime Minister John Howard.

“This investment reflects a significant growth in the Australian automotive market in recent years.”

~This Government has been happy to support Toyota and we are pleased to have its new corporate headquarters in Melbourne,~ said Victorian Premier Steve Bracks.

~Toyotas made in Melbourne are exported all over the world and there is also a very strong local market for vehicles manufactured here.~

Toyota began manufacturing the Tiara at the original Port Melbourne assembly line in 1963 and has since built over two million vehicles in Australia.

Toyota now builds two models, Camry and Avalon, at its fully integrated manufacturing plant in Altona in Melbourne’s west and last year produced 113,614 vehicles.

Toyota is Australia's largest vehicle exporter and in 2003 exported 66,200 cars to over 20 different markets, supplying right and left hand drive Camry vehicles to the Middle East, New Zealand, South Africa and South Pacific markets.

Toyota Australia's headquarters function and manufacturing activities in Melbourne are complemented by comprehensive sales and marketing operations based in Sydney. Additionally, Toyota has sales and distribution branches in all mainland Australian states.

In 2003 Toyota sold more vehicles than any other single brand in one year, selling 186,370 vehicles to reclaim the position of Australia's number one car company.

Toyota has strengthened its number one position in the first six months of 2004 selling 100,727 vehicles, the first time a single brand has sold more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the first half of the year.

Toyota employs 4300 people and thousands more are employed in its supplier and retail networks.

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TECHNOLOGY SAVVY & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NEW HQ FOR AUSTRALIA’S NUMBER ONE CAR COMPANY

Toyota Australia President Ted Okada said today that Toyota’s new corporate headquarters will reflect the company’s position as the country’s number one automotive company with its leading edge technology and modern sustainable design principles.

“This new building reflects our position as the country’s number one automotive company and as a leading Australian corporation,” said Mr Okada.

Toyota Australia has become the first company outside Japan to implement NEC’s ground-breaking Internet Protocol solution, UNIVERGE.

The technology includes a fully converged telephony solution, wireless infrastructure, unified messaging (voice, fax, email) and a specially designed foyer kiosk designed to assist visitors to the building.

Mr Okada said the technology had been an integral component of the building’s design, since planning began for the new state-of-the-art facility.

“We knew that the advanced architectural and environmental design of the facility needed to be matched with a leading edge communication network.”

The building’s sustainable design includes features such as stormwater recycling, external solar shades, a 90 metre glazed atrium and an air reticulation system designed to reduce energy usage.

In April 2004 the building was recognised in the City of Port Phillip’s Design and Development Awards winning the Best Contribution to Sustainable Development - Large Scale.

Mr Okada said Toyota Australia took a company wide approach to environmental management and this included applying sustainable design principles to the new building.

“In addition to concentrating on the environmental performance of its products and manufacturing activities, Toyota applies environmental sustainability practices to all areas of the company as seen with the new corporate headquarters building.

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NEW TOYOTA AUSTRALIA CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS THE BUILDING

· The new corporate headquarters will reinforce that Toyota Australia is a significant local company that employs more than 4,300 Australians and exports more than 66,000 locally built passenger cars annually.

· The new building is highly prominent due to its location and design.

· The value of the project was in the vicinity of $50 million.

· The new three level building accommodates around 340 people in 11,000 square metres of floor space.

· The following divisions will be represented at the new corporate headquarters - Executive Office, Human Resources, Knowledge and Information Systems, Technical Service Operations, Export Sales & Customer Fulfilment, Corporate Planning, Corporate Affairs, Government Affairs, Purchasing, Finance, Legal & Secretarial.

ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES

· In addition to a 90 metre glazed atrium covering the front of the building, double and triple glazed panels along with a further layer on all office windows will reduce the peak solar load without permanent obstructions to views.

· The reliance on energy for air conditioning will be reduced with a high level of air filtration and zoned air conditioning to allow maximum flexibility. Air to the atrium is reticulated via a network of concrete underground ducts utilising the ambient temperature from this duct to pre-condition the air with a mixture of outside air and recycled air.

· Interface carpet utilising recycled materials has been used in all office areas and high efficiency fluorescent lights have also been used in the building.

· A 350,000 litre underground stormwater tank collects and harvests stormwater from the roof to use for the flushing water system servicing the toilets and for the landscape surrounding the building.

THE DESIGNER

· Woods Bagot is the company responsible for the design of the new corporate headquarters. Woods Bagot was founded in Adelaide in 1869 and is an international design practice with offices all over Australia and in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London and Singapore. Their core disciplines are architecture, health planning, interior design, urban design and landscape architecture, and strategic planning and consulting.

· The most notable commercial buildings recently designed by Woods Bagot in Australia are the Siemens buildings in Bayswater and North Ryde.

THE PROJECT MANAGER

· D G Jones Property Advisory is the project manager for Toyota’s new corporate headquarters. D G Jones is a multi-disciplinary construction consultancy with numerous appointments on major private and public projects Australia wide. Recent projects on which professional services were provided include commercial, retail, industrial and public projects.

· D G Jones Property Advisory’s client list is varied and wide-ranging including both commercial and public organisations such as: Macquarie Bank, Coles Myer, Challenger, MBIA, James Fielding, Deutsche Real Estate, Yarra Valley Water

THE BUILDER

· The building has been constructed by Probuild Constructions Pty Ltd. Probuild Constructions was responsible for the construction of prominent projects such as the Age Print Centre at Tullamarine, the new grandstand for the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington and all major recent stages of the Chadstone Shopping Centre.

· Probuild was Victoria’s Master Builder of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and has built a reputation for construction excellence on projects of high architectural quality.

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For further information please contact:

Peter Griffin
03 9647 4533
0408 594 558

Michael Valvo
03 9647 4557
0409 446 425




 
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Toyota Australia's new corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne.