Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Toyota engine plant at Altona. Photo: Justin McManus JZM
The manufacturer's new plant in Altona will build hybrid and petrol engines for the Australian Camry and other models overseas.
Chris Harrod, Toyota Australia's executive director of manufacturing and purchasing, said about 18,000 of the 2.5 litre engines would head overseas.
“The fact that we were able to secure new export markets in Thailand and Malaysia is testament to the quality of our work and the positive reputation Toyota Australia has amongst our affiliates,” he said.
“We are now one of only four countries to produce this particular engine and are the only Australian manufacturer to produce both petrol and hybrid engines.”
The plant will make 108,000 engines this year, with around 16,000 of those set to go into fuel-efficient hybrid platforms.
The federal government contributed $63 million towards the factory, which was opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in December last year.