13 March 2013

Honda Opens New Motorcycle Production Plant in Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia – 13 March 2013 - Construction of Boon Siew Honda's new one-stop motorcycle production facility, which started in the third quarter of 2011, is now completed and fully operational. The 222 million Ringgit one-stop production plant in Batu Kawan, Penang was officiated by the Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia. 

The new facility occupies a 23.7ha site and is five times larger than the previous Mak Mandin plant in Butterworth with an annual production capacity of 300,000 units. It marks a significant milestone in the company's plan to consolidate Manufacturing, Sales, Customer Service, Spare Parts and Safety Riding into one integrated location for management efficiency and greater customer satisfaction. 

The facility deploys highly efficient production system with the use of advanced technologies such as a solar photovoltaic system, high coating efficiency technologies and an efficient electro deposition coating line for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The new streamlined processes not only increase productivity but contribute to greater energy savings and reduction of manpower and material wastage. 

The new plant will continue to produce the current motorcycle models - EX5 Dream, Wave Dash, Wave 100, Wave 110, Future, PCX, Spacy and Icon - for the local market. With availability of the new cutting-edge facility and the latest advances in Honda's manufacturing technologies, Boon Siew Honda aims to expand its capabilities to assemble medium engine capacity and high value-added models to cater for more diversified market segments in the country. 

Since local production of Honda motorcycles started in 1969, a total of 4.4million units have been manufactured. Honda maintains its leadership with a market share of 47% in 2012. 

Source: Honda