Toyota hires 40 new staff for Camry production

Toyota Australia has hired approximately 40 new starters to work on the production of the newly launched seventh-generation Camry, which will be manufactured at its Altona’s plant in the Melbourne, Victoria.

The automotive manufacturer says approximately 2,200 direct employees will be involved in the production of the seventh-generation Camry, inclusive of the 40 new starters who will work across all vehicle manufacturing processes.  

Recruitment for the new starters has already taken place, Toyota Australia a media spokesperson Laura Hill told Manufacturers’ Monthly.

At its Altona plant, Toyota Australia will manufacture the main press parts for the vehicle’s under carriage and body, bumper bars, sub frames and reinforcement instrument panel of the new seventh-generation Camry

Examples of the parts supplied locally, include the steering wheel, wire harness, glass, lamp, absorber, brake, wheel, axles, majority of the interior trim parts, air bags, wipers, air conditioning units, seat, seat belts, radiator, radio, battery, antennal, instrument panel, medium and small press parts, the automotive manufacturer said.

Parts to be supplied from the Asia-Pacific region include electrical switches, steering column, alternator, some minor interior trim parts and bolts and nuts.

“The engines will be supplied from Japan until middle of 2012, when the AR engine plant facility will be ready. The V6 engine will be sourced from Japan for Aurion,” Toyota Australia a media spokesperson Laura Hill told Manufacturers’ Monthly.

“Examples of components supplied from Japan are transmission units, various computer units, sensors and nuts and bolts.”

The new Camry, including the Atara model, is expected to arrive in local dealership showrooms from late November. Toyota Australia could not confirm how many Camry would be produce by end of 2012 at its Altona plant.

The Altona manufacturing plant contains unit weld, resin moulding, body weld, paint and vehicle assembly.

This engine plant, which incorporates casting, machining and engine assembly, will be renewed by the middle of 2012 to produce the new generation AR engine for the seventh-generation Camry and Hybrid Camry.

The Camry is Australia’s leading automotive export. Last year, almost 96,000 Camry sedans were produced in Australia with more than 70,000 Altona-built exported, and a further 25,000 sold in Australia.

The Middle East is currently Toyota Australia’s main export market. Australia is the third-biggest country for Camry sales with more than 25,000 delivered to local customers last year.