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Authorization of a Plan for the Installation of a New Type of Hydrogen Tank in a Fuel Cell Forklift, as a Plan for New Business Activities under the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act

On June 27, 2014, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) authorized a plan for new business activities under the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”), which was submitted by Toyota Industries Corporation.

According to the plan, the company will demonstrate the installation of a full-metal hydrogen tank, more suitable and less expensive than existing types, in a fuel cell forklift.

Authorizing the company to carry out the demonstration test will accelerate Japan’s industrial vehicles which use fuel cells as an energy source, including forklifts, to be commercialized soon, which is expected to contribute to enhancing Japan’s industrial competitiveness.

1. Utilization of the System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests

The System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests under the Act is a framework for allowing preferential regulatory flexibility for individual enterprises. Under this system, each private company is able to request the Government of Japan to apply a special arrangement for regulatory reform to the company, which it needs in order to embark on new business. In response, government ministers with jurisdiction over the business and the regulation will examine and discuss the request, and then decide whether to approve the request under the special arrangement.

On January 27, 2014, under Article 8 of the Act, the company submitted a request for newly creating a special arrangement for introducing full-metal hydrogen tanks into industrial vehicles, including fuel cell forklifts, which is not permitted under the current laws and regulations. In response, METI, the ministry in charge of the business and regulation of the industry, examined the request, and, on April 24, 2014, decided to create a new special arrangement of the regulation for introducing such tanks.

Authorization of a plan for new business activities is required for starting new business utilizing this special arrangement.

2. Authorization of the company’s plan for new business activities and its outline

METI examined a plan for new business activities submitted by Toyota Industries Corporation under the provisions of Article 10 (4) of the Act, concerning the fuel cell forklifts, on which full-metal hydrogen tanks are to be installed.

As a result of the examination, METI concluded that the company satisfies the requirements under the Act as an entrepreneur that conducts new business, stipulated under Article 2 (3) of the Act, and authorized the plan. This authorization will enable the company to make use of a new special arrangement of the regulation and to embark on new business. For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

3. Implementation period

From June 2014 to March 2016

4. Applicant’s profile

Name: Toyota Industries Corporation
Capital: 80.4 billion yen
Representative: Akira Onishi, Representative Director and President
Head office: 2-1, Toyodacho, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture

Reference:

For details of laws and the related support measures, visit the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/economy/industrial_competitiveness_act/index.html

Release Date

June 27, 2014

Division in Charge

  • Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Promotion Office, New and Renewable Energy Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
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