Tohatsu opens new R&D facility

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Japanese outboard manufacturer commissions new testing facility.

Japanese outboard manufacturer Tohatsu has announced the completion of its new ¥5.5 billion research and development facility at its main production facility in Komagane, Japan.

The new facility, which commenced operations in September, spans 7,265m2 and is staffed by 100 R&D personnel. It adjoins the main production plant which covers a further 90,690m2 and has the capacity to produce 200,000 units per annum.

According to the company, the R&D complex will be integral in taking Tohatsu through to its 100th Anniversary in 2022. It plans on using the centre to develop new technologies and offer products that cater to the future needs of both the domestic and international markets.

The facility incorporates the latest in testing equipment including a thermostatic chamber for testing operational status under extremely low or high temperatures, and a large capacity re-circulating water tank for stable operation testing.

In recent years Tohatsu has released a range of lightweight four stroke engines including the MFS15/20E FI models at 43kg and MFS40/50A at 97kg.

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