GDBR opens plant built with the support from Investe SP
Agency has been assisting this project since 2012; company supplies to major Japanese automakers in BrazilInveste São Paulo
On April 13, GDBR, a Brazilian subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei Group, opened its first plant in South America, in the city of Itapetininga, São Paulo. The event was attended by the Vice Governor and Secretary of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Márcio França; Director of Investe SP, Ermínio Lucci; Global President of Toyoda Gosei, Tadashi Arashima; President of GDBR, Makoto Hirako; Mayor of Itapetininga, Hiram Jr.; in addition to the Consul General of Japan, Takahiro Nakamae and other authorities.
“We are very proud of seeing the completion of this project, especially because it relied on the participation of almost all areas of the Agency: area location, support in environmental licensing, infrastructure, among others,” said the president of Investe SP, Juan Quirós.
GDBR is the first plant of Toyoda Gosei group in South America, and manufactures plastic products, rubber and led to the automotive industry. In Itapetininga, the company invested approximately R$ 90 million in an area covering 220,000 square meters, hiring 260 direct and approximately 50 indirect employees.
In Brazil, GDBR currently supplies to Toyota plants in Brazil (Indaiatuba-SP and Sorocaba-SP) and Argentina, in addition to the units of Honda Brazil (Sumaré-SP and soon Itirapina-SP) and Nissan Brazil (Resende-RJ ). Its revenue should reach R$ 100 million a year.
In his speech, Márcio França congratulated GDBR’s staff, and said that the government was available for new business opportunities and emphasized the advantages of São Paulo. The state of São Paulo has the necessary conditions to attract large companies. “Here we have a good infrastructure with major roads, railways and airports. We also have a specialized technical staff, including more than 500,000 students in higher and vocational education, and invested approximately R$ 1.3 billion (1%) of GDP in research and development,” he said.
The company started the equipment installations and structures in the beginning of 2014, remaining in this activity until the end of this year. During the equipment installation, numerous tests were conducted in terms of reliability, quality and efficiency. With respect to workforce, the professionals are being hired since mid 2014. All professionals have been trained by employees who came from Japan to transfer the knowledge and technologies adopted in the products to be manufactured at GDBR.
About Toyoda Gosei Group
The word Gosei, or “gossei”, as it is pronounced by the Japanese people, means “synthetic” in the native language of the company. With approximately 35,000 employees in 67 units located across 18 countries, Toyoda Gosei group develops technologies and products made of polymer, rubber and optical semiconductors. Optical semiconductors are the main components of LED lamps.
The company’s goal is to contribute to the development of a society that emits less carbon and is less dependent on oil, creating items increasingly lighter and more efficient energetically.
Toyoda Gosei has emerged as a division of rubber research and development for the group companies. It became an independent enterprise in the 40s. Today, with its expertise in chemistry, the group also produces for the energy, telecom, machinery, and medical equipment industries, among others.