Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has commenced manufacture of global engines from its fourth factory in India at Vithalapur, in the Ahmedabad district of Gujarat.
Will be exported to multiple countries
50,000 engine units planned in the first year
Powering its 250cc (and above) category two-wheelers, the dedicated engine line is set to fulfil demand from countries like Thailand, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Gulf nations, among others.
A total of 50,000 engine units are scheduled for production in its first year and the capacity will be further scaled up as per market demand. With an investment of over Rs 135 crore, the company will manufacture ‘Midsize Fun’ model engines from its Gujarat plant for both domestic and international markets.
Speaking at the line-off ceremony, Atsushi Ogata, managing director, president and CEO for HMSI said, “As demand for mobility rises globally, Honda envisions further expansion of its exports footprint across the world. With the introduction of BS6 norms in India, we are a step closer to achieve this vision. Building products which are at par with global standards of manufacturing, this new expansion will allow HMSI to develop production capabilities to strengthen our direction of make in India, for the world.”
Ichiro Shimokawa, chief production officer and director, HMSI, added, “With the global engine line-off today, HMSI will take its current export capacity to new heights, both in terms of markets as well as global quality standards. As part of this expansion, we are introducing special processes across various manufacturing stages like machining, engine assembly and advanced storage systems. Building the capability from ground up, best-in-class technology, along with highly skilled manpower, will ensure top quality standards. Starting off with close to 50,000 engine units in the first year, our aim is to further scale up as per market demand.”