Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. is enhancing its production capacity for plastic fuel filler pipes in Japan and the US to meet growing demand for automotive lightweight parts.
The Kiyosu, Japan-based company announced 26 June that it will be investing Yen2bn (€15.3m) to expand production facilities in its Heiwacho Plant in Aichi, Japan and at one of its US manufacturing subsidiaries, TG Kentucky, LLC.
Of this amount, approximately Yen600m (€4.6m) will be spent on the expansion of the Japanese site, while the remaining figure will be invested in the Lebanon, Kentucky plant.
This investment will boost the combined production capacity of the two plants to 2 million pipes annually by 2020, about four times the current level.
According to the Japanese automotive supplier, similar investments are planned in China, Czech Republic, and other locations to meet customer demand for the product.
Toyoda Gosei claims to be the first company to make fuel filler pipes - long been made mainly of metal - out of plastic, using its proprietary its extrusion production method.
The pipes are roughly 50% lighter than previous metal pipes.
According to Toyoda Gosei, its plastic fuel filler pipes meet the strict emission constraints applying in North America, China, and Europe, and are expected to come into wider use for their contributions to combating environmental pollution.