Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the 2nd largest 2Wheeler company in India, recently inaugurated its third 2Wheeler production plant at Narsapura Area, District Kolar (Karnataka) today.
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).
Spread across 96 acres, Honda’s third 2Wheeler 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. Aiming at market leadership, Honda also announced additional increase of 6 lac units capacity in Phase 2 of this plant taking its annual capacity to 18 lac units by end of this fiscal year. With its three plants, Honda will significantly increase its cumulative annual production capacity by 64% in just one fiscal.
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.”
Elaborating on HMSI plans, Mr. Keita Muramatsu – President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are thankful to the Government of Karnataka for providing Honda an opportunity to invest and expand the Brand in the State. With the inauguration of our 3rd plant which is 2,200 km from the two existing plants in North region, Honda aims to deliver high quality and advanced 2Wheeler products of low CO2 emissions to the customers faster in the South region. The expanded production capacity will be further supported by aggressive growth in network to 2500 outlets and rapid new product introduction as we aim for market leadership.”
Giving a perspective on significance of this expansion near Bengaluru in South region, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria (Vice president – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,” We shall start the mass production of Dream Yuga in this plant from June, which is targeted to cater 100-110 cc motorcycle segment contributing almost half of the total 1.4 crore 2wheelers sold in India. Moreover, our million selling Activa scooter will be produced on the 2nd line. We are also proud to share that Honda occupies No. 1 position in Bengaluru which has the highest market demand for 2Wheelers among all cities in India.”