Honda 2Wheelers India Inaugurates Fourth Assembly Line at its Karnataka Plant

2017-08-10 08:38
Total annual capacity from Honda’s four plants is now at 6.4 million units
Narsapura plant creates global record as
‘World’s LARGEST & HIGHEST PRODUCTIVITY PLANT of Honda’
India is now the biggest production base of Honda worldwide
New 4th line of 0.6 million annual capacity at Honda’s Narsapura plant starts commercial production
With this expansion, Karnataka plant is now Honda’s biggest plant worldwide with 2.4 million units annual production capacity
India becomes No. 1 production base of Honda worldwide: Honda 2Wheeler India’s total capacity from 4 plants increases from 5.8 million to 6.4 million units in FY’2017-18
Honda and its allied suppliers invest over Rs. 5,400 crore in Karnataka
Honda 2Wheelers cumulatively invests over INR 2,600 crore directly at its 3rd plant
26 suppliers invest additional INR 2,800 crore and set up ancillary plants in Karnataka
Direct & indirect employment to 22,000 people in Karnataka
Honda provides over 7,000 direct employment at its new 4th assembly line
Another 15,000 indirect employment opportunities ushered in by Honda’s suppliers
Honda’s 3rd plant has many firsts in Manufacturing technology worldwide
The Green factory is Honda’s first plant with 100% Rain-water harvesting & Solar power system
State-of-the-art Paint booth automatic air balancing system (World First in Honda’s 2wheeler operations)
Cutting-edge manufacturing with advanced automated processes and 78 robots
Increased automation in machine shop, paint shop, weld shop, aiming athigher efficiency and superior quality
BENGALURU, India, August 2, 2017 - Continuing to invest in ‘Make in India’, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today inaugurated the fourth assembly line at its landmark third motorcycle plant at Narsapura (near Bengaluru, Karnataka) in India. With this latest expansion of 0.6 million units, Honda 2Wheelers India’s combined annual production capacity from all four plants is 6.4 million units annually – making India the No. 1 production hub for Honda’s motorcycle operation globally for the first time.

Honda 2Wheelers India inaugurates 4th assembly line at its Karnataka plant
Present at the line inauguration at Honda’s third plant in Karnataka were Shinji Aoyama, Chief Officer - Asia and Oceania Regional Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.), Minoru Kato (President & CEO – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd) and senior management officials from Honda.

Elaborating how Asia Oceania region contributes 60% to Honda’s global motorcycle, automotive and power product sales and how India is driving the growth, Shinji Aoyama, Chief Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., said, “Honda’s motorcycle business spans more than 120 countries worldwide and India is leading the demand. In 2016-17, India alone contributed 28% to Honda’s global 2Wheeler sales and became the No. 1 contributor to Honda’s motorcycle business. The growing Indian 2Wheeler market is top priority for Honda. To better meet dynamic market demand and to prepare for the future opportunities, today Honda has inaugurated the fourth assembly line in the Karnataka plant. With this, the Narsapura plant will now produce 24 lac motorcycles annually. This makes the Narsapura the world’s largest motorcycle plant for Honda and also India the No. 1 production base for Honda globally.”

Detailing on Honda’s growth trajectory in India & the trend of increasing demand for automatic scooters in Indian market, Minoru Kato – President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In the first quarter of FY’2017-18, Honda Wheelers India aggressive growth led the industry momentum. Growing double the speed of industry at 19%, Honda alone contributed 68% to industry’s new volumes resulting in 3% market share gain to ever highest of 30%. While expanding leadership in scooter segment (59% market share), Honda is now also the new No. 2 motorcycle brand of India. The latest expansion further fortifies Honda’s ability to serve the market faster with its increased annual production capacity to 6.4 million units from all plants. In the long term, Honda 2Wheelers India’s steady and strategic investments will power our dreams to make India the Export hub worldwide.”

ANNUAL PRODUCTION CAPACITY:
The new 4th assembly line adds another 0.6 million units capacity, increasing Honda’s third plant annual production capacity to 2.4 million units. This latest expansion increases Honda 2Wheelers India’s total annual production capacity to 6.4 million units from its four plants.

With the new capacity expansion, Honda 2Wheeler India has made two new global records. Firstly, the Narsapura plant is the now World’s Largest motorcycle plant of Honda. Secondly, this expansion has made India the No. 1 in motorcycle production base for Honda worldwide.

Timeline 1st plant
Manesar
Haryana 2nd plant
Tapukara
Rajasthan 3rd plant
Narsapura
Karnataka 4th plant
Vithalapur
Gujarat Honda 2Wheeler
India total annual
production capacity
Till FY'2010-11 1.6 million 1.6 million units
FY'2011-12 ↓ 1.2 million 2.8 million units
FY'2013-14 ↓ ↓ 1.8 million 4.6 million units
FY'2014-15 ↓ ↓ ↓ 0.6 million 5.2 million units
FY'2015-16 ↓ ↓ ↓ 1.2 million 5.8 million units
FY'2016-17 ↓ ↓ 2.4 million ↓ 6.4 million units
EMPLOYMENT & INVESTMENT GENERATION:
Honda’s motorcycle plant in Narsapura has given a big boost to socio-economic development in Karnataka. Honda together with its 26 suppliers who set up ancillary units locally have invested over INR 5,400 crore and generated nearly 22,000 employment in the state!
Directly, Honda’s Narsapura plant employs 7,000 associates with investment of INR 2,600 crore.
Indirectly, 26 new suppliers who up manufacturing facilities in Karnataka have made additional investment of INR 2,800 crore and created 15,000 additional employment opportunities at their plants.

BENCHMARKING ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ IN AUTO MANUFACTURING:
The Narsapura plant has many innovations and manufacturing firsts which have contributed to making it the ‘World’s Highest productivity plant of Honda’.

This is Honda’s first 2Wheeler plant worldwide which has a manufacturing innovation of fully automated paint booth air balancing system. The system automatically adjusts amount of air necessary for the paint flow, which was done manually earlier. Additionally, aiming to achieve the enhanced safety and efficiency at production sites, as well as reduction in fatigue of operators. Honda 2wheeler has added on 14 robotic processes which were done manually in the past in the areas including paint shop, welding, and material handling.

Source: Honda Motor Company

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