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Teijin Automotive Technologies is compression molding the pickup box in three sizes for the new Tundra at its Seguin, TX, facility.

June 8, 2022

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ribbon cutting at Seguin, TX, plant
A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the official opening of the Teijin Automotive Technologies’ Seguin, TX, facility. Pictured from left to right are: Steve Wisniewski, Chief Financial and Integration Officer, Teijin Automotive Technologies; Josh Schneuker, Director of Economic Development for the City of Seguin; Donna Dodgen, Mayor of Seguin; Larry McManus, Director, Business and Community Development, from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism; Chris Twining, President, North America, Teijin Automotive Technologies; Steve Rooney, CEO, Teijin Automotive Technologies; Tomo Iikubo, General Manager, Purchasing Supplier Development, Toyota Motor North America; Bruno Santillan; Plant Manager, Teijin Automotive Technologies; Steve Parker, City Manager, Seguin; Michael Senerius, Chief Marketing Officer, Teijin Automotive Technologies; Texas State Senator Judith Zaffarini; Rob Espich, Regional Operations Director, Teijin Automotive Technologies.Image courtesy of Business Wire

Teijin Automotive Technologies (formerly Continental Structural Plastics) is manufacturing the pickup boxes for the next-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup truck at its new facility in Seguin, TX.

The Tundra pickup box is molded in one piece using one of Teijin Automotive Technologies’ proprietary composite formulations. The box comes in three lengths – 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet, 1 inch – and is available with optional lighting features. Teijin Automotive Technologies is also producing the tailgate covers out of composites, which will be assembled onto the boxes along with the D-pillar prior to shipment to Toyota’s manufacturing facility in San Antonio, TX. Full production on the pickup box began in November 2021.

The molding and assembly process used by the team at Seguin closely mimics that used by Teijin Automotive Technologies in Tijuana, Mexico, where it has been manufacturing pickup boxes for the Toyota Tacoma since 2004. Since the start of production, Teijin Automotive Technologies has produced more than two million composite pickup boxes for the Tacoma program.

“The opportunity to produce the pickup box for the highly-anticipated next generation Tundra is something we were honored and excited to get,” explains Steve Rooney, CEO of Teijin Automotive Technologies and General Manager of Teijin’s Composites Business Unit. “We have been providing exceptional quality and on-time delivery to Toyota out of our Tijuana facility for more than 17 years. This new program will enable us to further solidify our relationship with this important customer and at the same time showcase the incredible qualities composites offer for pickup boxes and other applications.”

Composite pickup boxes offer consumers superior durability. They don’t dent or ding, won’t rust, and eliminate the need for a bedliner, thus saving weight.

Teijin Automotive Technologies broke ground on the new Seguin facility in 2019. The now completed 200,000-square-foot facility includes fully automated production cells and several large compression molding presses, including a 5,200-ton press, the largest such press west of the Mississippi River. The facility also features a topcoat paint line and automated bonding and trimming cells. It employs approximately 200 people in engineering, administrative, and production positions.

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