Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India inaugurated the 2nd assembly line of its fourth manufacturing plant at Vithalapur in the western state of Gujarat. The new assembly line will add 6 lakh units to the annual production capacity with the total capacity now reaching 1.2 million units per year. The second assembly line is an exclusive scooter assembly line and will produce one of India’s largest selling two-wheelers, the Activa.
This expansion increases HMSI’s total annual production capacity to 5.8 million units, including 1.6 million units at first plant (Haryana), 1.2 million units at second plant (Rajasthan), 1.8 million units at third plant (Karnataka) and another 1.2 million units at the fourth plant (Gujarat).
Speaking about the new assembly line, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said the Indian arm of the Japanese two-wheeler maker is leading the Scooterization of India with a 58% market share. The new 2nd assembly line addition further supports Honda in cementing its undisputed leadership in scooter segment.
With its fourth plant, Honda 2Wheelers is giving a big boost to economic development in Gujarat. Honda and its 23 vendors have together invested close to INR 2,200 crore and generated nearly 9,000 new employment opportunities in the State. Of this, Honda’s fourth plant is directly employing close to 3,000 Associates and has entailed a total investment of INR 1,100 crore.