As Toyota rebounds, the mantra is ‘more’ Production boss to add capacity, eyes Mexico

August 27, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Osamu Nagata, the troubleshooting Toyota executive who now heads North American manufacturing and r&d, is on a mission to boost capacity and do it quickly — first by expanding existing factories and then probably adding an assembly plant in Mexico.

After rebounding from its 2009-10 recall crisis and the 2011 Japan earthquake, Toyota is ready to go on the offensive.

“We need to catch up with market growth,” Nagata said in an interview. “I am responsible for producing more.”