Boon siew Honda Malaysia have their new motorcycle / motorbike production plant at Batu Kawan which is under construction from end of 2011 and will be completed in 2013.
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Company managing director and chief executive officer Satoshi Okada said the new plant will be five times larger than the existing plant with an annual production capacity of 350,000 units. “We will build our new plant under the concept of an environmentally-responsible and people-friendly plant.
HONDA MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTION PLANT SHIFT TO BATU KAWAN.
“It will deploy various advanced technologies such as a solar photovoltaic system, high coating efficiency technologies and a highly efficient electrodeposition coating line for volatile organic compounds (VOCs),” he said after the ground-breaking ceremony here today. Also present were Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) director Zabidah Daud, Honda Motor Co. Ltd managing officer Hiroshi Kobayashi, and Oriental Holdings and Boon Siew Honda chairman Datuk Loh Cheng Yean.
The current plant makes six motorcycle models – the EX5 Dream, Wave 100, Wave Dash, Wave 110, Wave 125 and the Icon – for the local market. Production of the six models will continue at the new RM200 million facility and there are plans to produce models with medium-sized engines as well as high-value-added models to meet the needs of more customers.
“Several operations such as head office, parts centre, safety riding centre and motorsports department, located in different locations in Penang, will be transferred to this new facility,” he said. He said Malaysia is among the top Asean nations in terms of gross domestic product, with one out of every three people owning a motorcycle.
“Industry-wide motorcycle sales have been steady at a level of around 500,000 units a year. We strongly believe that we can improve our performance effectiveness and operational efficiency and thus provide higher level products and services all under one roof,” he said.
Boon Siew Honda, a joint venture between Oriental Holdings Bhd and Honda Motor Co Ltd, is the market leader for motorcycles with a 45 per cent share. It sold some 220,000 units in 2010. Since local production of Honda motorcycles started in 1969, a total of 4.23 million units have been manufactured. -Bernama