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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has established Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. (TMEC) in the Changshu Southeast Economic Development Zone. TMEC is to start partial operation in the spring of 2011.

TMEC, while taking into consideration environmental and safety issues, aims to tailor vehicles to the demands of Chinese consumers. Toyota says that the company will enhance its ability to conduct market-environment research and R&D in China and supplements the activities of TMC’s existing R&D centers at its Chinese joint-venture companies.

In addition to close cooperation and joint research with TMC’s R&D centers in Japan, TMEC will 1) survey how vehicles are used in China and reflect results in product planning; 2) thoroughly verify the quality of vehicles introduced into the China market; 3) investigate and research energy-saving and alternative-energy vehicles in China; 4) develop engines for the Chinese market; and 5) train personnel capable of achieving each of the above.



Number five is key to estabishing a source of imported cars for Japan that leaves the Japanese labor market free to fully man the service industries.

"5) train personnel capable of achieving each of the above."


The major players seem to all agree that China is still a good place to be doing business.


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