The second largest two-wheeler automotive company in India - Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI), inaugurated its most advanced and latest third two-wheeler production plant at Narsapura Area, District Kolar (Karnataka).
Present at the inauguration ceremony were Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Medium & Small Scale Industry, Govt of India – Mr. Muniyappa, Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co. and Representative of Development, Purchasing & Manufacturing, Asia Oceania Region, Mr. Keita Muramatsu (President & CEO – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd) and Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria (Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd).
In order to realise Honda’s vision to provide good products with speed and affordability, the third plant enables HMSI to more efficiently serve the vast scooter and motorcycle market of India together with the existing Manesar and Tapukara plants in northern India. Spread across 96 acres, Honda’s third two-wheeler plant in Narsapura (Karnataka) is situated at Narsapura Industrial Area, which is around 52km from Bangalore. The new plant employs approximately 4,500 associates and entails a total investment of Rs. 1350 crores. Starting operations from this June, Honda’s new plant shall have 12 lac units production capacity in Phase I.
As a “Green Factory” concept, Honda is successful in meeting over 30% of its annual water demand by internal rain harvesting system. This is also Honda’s most environmentally responsible plant which has Zero Liquid discharge. Honda has also employed more advanced machining automation, high speed transfer line, robotic welding and painting of frame parts to making this manufacturing facility a benchmark in the two-wheeler industry.
Speaking on the occasion Yoshiyuki Matsumoto Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co. and Representative of Development, Purchasing & Manufacturing, Asia Oceania Region said, “In the current fiscal year 2014, Honda’s global 2 wheeler sales growth is expected to increase more than the previous years and headed to new heights by its operations in India. There is no doubt that India is one of the most important markets for Honda’s overall business. Today we establish a new milestone with the inauguration of our 3rd manufacturing facility in India in the state of Karnataka. Out of the total 4500 new positions at this facility, nearly 90% are being offered to the local youth.”