Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 14, 2005 12:30 ET

Minister of Industry David L. Emerson Breaks Ground for Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. Expansion

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, along with representatives from Toyota Motor Corporation, the Government of British Columbia and the City of Delta, as well as the Consulate General (Vancouver) of Japan, today officially broke ground to mark the start of construction for a $39-million expansion of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. (CAPTIN) in Delta, B.C.

"I'm really pleased to be here to celebrate this expansion of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc.," said Minister Emerson. "CAPTIN is a shining example of how the automotive industry has far-reaching benefits in all regions of Canada - not just Ontario. The ripple economic benefits of a robust assembly sector are not local - they are truly national."

On June 30, 2005, Toyota announced that it would expand capacity by 17 percent at CAPTIN. Annual production should increase to 1.68 million units and direct employment should rise by 30 new jobs to 260. CAPTIN has expanded six times since it opened in 1985, including a $10-million investment in 2003 to boost output by 20 percent to 1.45 million wheels, which it exports to both the U.S. and Japan.

The CAPTIN expansion is in addition to an $800-million project Toyota Motor Corporation announced last June to construct a state-of-the-art, flexible assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario. Both Toyota projects follow a meeting that took place on January 19, 2005, in Tokyo, Japan, at which the Prime Minister and the Industry Minister met with Fujio Cho, then-President of Toyota Motor Corporation, and encouraged additional automotive investment in Canada.

CAPTIN was incorporated in 1983 by Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) and was the first manufacturing investment by a Japanese automaker in Canada. The plant produces 22 wheel models for Toyota's vehicles globally and currently employs approximately 230 team members. Following the expansion, CAPTIN will employ 260 team members.

The Government of Canada is committed to the entire automotive sector - Canada's largest industrial sector. Helping attract new vehicle assembly investments has been identified as a key priority for the Government of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    Industry Canada
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