Toyota Announces Summer Energy-saving Measures
Toyota City, Japan, Jul 03, 2012 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) plans to save more energy this summer by installing eight additional cogeneration gas power generators and the new Toyota Total Demand Management (TTDM) system for further enhancing electricity supply-and-demand efficiency at all TMC plants. These measures will enable TMC to meet the demand for businesses in areas serviced by Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. to reduce electricity use by five percent(1).
To strengthen its operations by firmly establishing an energy-saving production structure, TMC has long been striving to enhance efficient use of energy at its production plants by coordinating the use of energy in all production processes with on-site power generation and other sources of electricity supply. Its efforts to save electricity resulted in a 35-percent reduction in the purchase of peak power from power companies and a 45-percent reduction in total annual purchases of electricity in the fiscal year ended March 30, 2011, compared to the fiscal year ended March 30, 1996. In the current fiscal year, TMC plans to achieve reductions(2), respectively, of 40 percent and 53 percent.
Details of TMC’s unified energy use-and-supply management efforts are as follows:
1) Development and implementation of energy-saving production technologies
While establishing a production structure that is highly adaptive to changes in demand, TMC is furthering development and implementation of advanced, energy-saving production technologies. Examples include simplification and slimming down of stamping processes through the introduction of high-efficiency servo presses and high-speed robots and making assembly and painting processes more compact, as part of an overall “Simple, Slim, Compact” initiative that has led to reduced electricity use.
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