Research and Development
Ibaraki High Tech Plant and R&D Center
Ibaraki High Tech Plant and R&D Center is located near Tokyo, a market where many of our customers are located. The plant manufactures and purchases products, maintains inventory, and delivers to customers on time according to requirement. Ibaraki R&D Center is an innovation center for Toyo’s Asian business network.
Ibaraki High Tech Plant & R&D Center is the center for innovation for Toyo’s Asian business network.
It seeks to contribute to upgrading and strengthening the capabilities of the network and strengthening the network, as well as supporting individual members of the network by promoting innovations in design, manufacturing, and making new development available to the network.
Also, the Ibaraki R&D Center is equipped with extensive facilities and equipment including metal benders, presses, laser cutters, electric welding machines, a painting line, automatic fabric upholstery forming, and other assembly machines as well as various kind of testing and analysis equipment. We seek to develop and deploy the most advanced technologies for manufacturing chairs and to improve production systems to offer the most advanced production level in the world.
Toyo’s Business Network
1. Extensive sourcing network
Toyo has been developing its network in Asia for sourcing and procuring chair products from local partners in various Asian areas for sale in both the Japanese and international markets. The product line spans from finished and semi-finished products as well as various parts for assembly.
The network has now developed into a full business network going beyond sourcing and into business creation and collaboration in sales and marketing between Toyo and its local partners in their respective markets. The network now allows the various parties to exchange various components and products as required.
2.Toyo’s contribution to the network
Toyo supplies members of the network with new product designs, innovative technologies and know-how such as product development, design, quality control and mass production, on a royalty basis.
3. Production of basic parts
Toyo designs a few basic models of important chair parts and organizes concentrated production in key manufacturing centers in Asia for supply to member companies. By this arrangement, members of the network receive a supply of standardized basic parts with fewer quality problems, lower production costs and timely delivery, thanks to constant and centralized mass production. Moreover the members are relieved of development and design work for basic parts which would otherwise have been made-to-order, requiring development work starting from scratch. New finished models can be made-to-order according to market requirements, with custom design and functions for parts other than the basic standard parts. This results in much shorter development times for new models, substantially reducing development costs.
This arrangement gives members of the network a competitive edge, enabling them to achieve better quality and lower manufacturing costs, and reducing the development time and cost of new items.
4.Upgrading the network
The network currently covers China, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. New partners are being sought in these and other Asian areas, while relationships between the current members are being intensified.
Toyo and its fellow members are working together to develop new products for each of the local markets, and for export to international markets.