Isuzu builds new factory in Japan to produce light-duty diesel truck engines

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Japan’s longest running car and motor manufacturer, Isuzu Motors Limited, has built a new factory within the premises of its Tochigi Plant with demand for heavy and light-duty trucks steadily increasing in the country and other emerging markets.

The company says the production of the new diesel engine series has already started conforming to the 2016 exhaust emission standard.

They will be mounted on the light-duty truck model, “ELF” for the Japan market. The Tochigi Plant has been the base to produce heavy-duty and mid-duty truck engines. With the new factory added, it is now capable of producing light-duty truck engines also. The light-duty truck engines for overseas markets are produced at the Fujisawa Plant continuously.

At the new “smart” engine factory, thorough quality control is implemented using IoT and the so-called cell production system (to group multiple processes) is adopted to improve productivity. In addition, some new methods and systems, including the examples below, have been introduced to realize a clean factory friendly to people and environment.

System to collect debris scattered from the machining line to reduce smell and dirt.

Barrier-free floor to reduce workload

All lights in the factory use LEDs.

Founded in 1916, Isuzu Motors has been known throughout its more than 101-year history of producing quality and efficient trucks. As of 2009, the company had produced 21 million diesel engines used in over 100 countries.

General Navigation and Commerce Company (GENAVCO) is the sole distributor of Isuzu cars and trucks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1982 with showrooms in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi & Al Ain.

Genavco is a subsidiary of the Juma Al Majid Group of Companies founded by local businessman Juma Al Majid who remains the force behind the Group’s phenomenal success for over 50 years now.