I am currently working for Energy, Plant & Project Group at M/s. Toyota Tsusho India Pvt. Ltd., Delhi NCR Branch (a Toyota group company), for the last 10 years. I am very much focussed to promote Indian made products, projects and services to various countries in the African Continent under “Make in India” Programme, through our global network of offices and distribution channels. I have successfully completed various projects such as supply of Guar Gum Project, Thermal Power Project, Agriculture Tractors & Implements etc.
Toyota Tsusho is a general trading company. We provide information services, logistics, financing, risk management and other functions for import/export and domestic trading businesses. These functions add value to our products and services consistent with the needs of our customers.
Business investment is another core business model used by trading companies. We engage in development and investment-type business that extends beyond simple commercial transactions. We are accelerating our investments in promising business fields and markets, in collaboration with our partners around the world.
Our operations in Africa stretch back over 95 years, beginning in 1922 with the import of cotton from East Africa, and starting the automotive export business in 1964, among other activities. Since the start of the 2000s, we have responded to a rapid surge in demand for electric power by stepping up our investment in the infrastructure business, including the delivery of equipment for power plant projects in Egypt. In 2011 we received an order for Kenya’s largest geothermal power project. In Kenya, we are now working on the development of the nation’s electric power and energy, oil and mineral resources, environmental preservation, and agricultural industrialization sectors in addition to our endeavors in the automotive business.
Our business foundation in Africa was solidified even further when we acquired equity in CFAO S.A., a major French trading company, in 2012. CFAO has a diverse African business portfolio centered on automobile sales with operations in 33 African nations that also includes a pharmaceutical wholesaling business, and the production and sales of soft drinks and beer. With a business network that spans all of West Africa, CFAO was an ideal partner for building a complimentary relationship with Toyota Tsusho’s business foundation in southeastern Africa. In addition, CFAO has a strong foundation in vehicles and the orientation of CFAO’s corporate strategy was in line with our strategy of strengthening business beyond the mobility business.