TOTO, one of the world’s leading producers of sanitary ware, has inaugurated its newly-equipped manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat. The facility covers approximately 45 acres. It is equipped with the latest in manufacturing technology and equipment. It will manufacture products for both India and overseas markets.
The project is a part of TOTO India’s plans to establish itself as the number one manufacturer of sanitary ware in the country. It will also enable the company to further strengthen its sales network throughout India and supply products to other markets, including the Middle East and Europe.
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who inaugurated the plant, said that TOTO’s sanitary ware production plant was one more example of Gujarat being the most preferred destination for investment. “A business friendly environment and strong fundamentals like uninterrupted power, world-class roads, adequate water, and negligible labour strife and security, which are the defining aspect of Gujarat’s development, have attracted Japanese companies to the state,” she noted.
The TOTO plant has been built with an investment of Yen 6 billion (approximately Rs. 350 crore), the highest investment by the Japanese company in South Asia. The plant currently employees 500 people and is designed to produce 500,000 sanitary ware units a year with a possibility of further expansion.
As part of its corporate vision, TOTO, a Japanese company, has earmarked the ‘overseas housing equipment business’ as a core growth driver under the TOTO V-Plan 2017, its long-term management plan covering the period leading up to its centenary (announced in 2009, revised in May 2014). Having positioned India as a key new market, the company started construction of its first production facility in the country in 2012.
Earlier, TOTO announced that it had delivered public equipment, such as toilets, faucets and fittings, for the expansion project at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.