Site: Toyota Motor Corp.
Higashifuji Technical Center
1200, Mishuku, Susono
Shizuoka 410-11, Japan
Date Visited: December 8, 1992
Report Author: D. Granville
Dr. Masatoshi Matsuda
Mr. Yoshiki Murashima
This plant makes SMC rear covers for the MR-2 engine and side air housings, sun roof housings, and spoilers with SMC molding (1500-2000 ton machines).
They are evaluating carbon/epoxy drive shafts made by GKN (French company) on the MARK II (Cressida) in Japan.
They are evaluating RTM for structural body parts and SMC for exterior body parts.
Recent research has been conducted on batteries for electric cars, on leaf springs, and suspension components. Toyota has evaluated composite wheels but found them to be unreliable.
Other activities include LCPs, surface glazing materials (high abrasive resistance), and new TPs with high modulus.
Toyota Motor Corporation. 1989. "Toyota Higashi Fuji Technical Center" (pamphlet).
"Sun God or UFO," Plastics News 4 (38).