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HMSI's Bangalore plant to become operational in the first half of 2013 Print E-mail
Written by James, Ganesh   
Friday, 27 May 2011
New Delhi: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt.) Ltd. (HMSI), Honda's wholly-owned motorcycle production and sales subsidiary in India, plans to build a third motorcycle production plant to meet increasing demand in the rapidly growing motorcycle market in India.

The third plant is scheduled to become operational in the first half of 2013, with annual production capacity of 1.2 million units. It will come up in the Narsapuram Area of Karnataka on 350,000 sq. meters of land. The company plans to manufacture the CB Twister, CB Shine Motorcycles and the Activa Scooter at this facility.

HMSI is also expanding production capacity of its second motorcycle production plant, which is currently under construction in the Tapukara Industrial Area of Rajasthan. This plant is scheduled to become operational in July 2011 with annual production capacity of 0.6 million units. HMSI decided to double the annual production capacity of this plant to 1.2 million units in March 2012.

Utilizing production technologies refined at the first plant as a starting point, HMSI will strive to improve process ergonomics and employ more advanced automation and other measures to reduce the burden on associates at the second plant. It will also be more environmentally responsible plant by proactively reducing energy consumption during production and by employing other environmental measures such as water recycling.

This capacity expansion plan will increase HMSI's total annual production capacity to 4 million units, including 1.6 million units at the first plant, 1.2 million units at the second plant and 1.2 million units at the third plant, preparing HMSI for further and rapid growth of the market.

  Fist plant Second plant Third plant Total capacity
As of May 2011 1.6M units -- -- 1.6M units
July 2011 1.6M units 0.6M units -- 2.2M units
March 2012 1.6M units 1.2M units -- 2.8M units
1st half of 2013 1.6M units 1.2M units 1.2M units 4.0M unit

India represents the world's second largest motorcycle market behind only China, and industry-wide motorcycle sales in India for 2010 reached 11.32 million units (up 30% compared to 2009). HMSI was established as a wholly-owned motorcycle production and sales subsidiary of Honda in 1999 and began production in 2001. HMSI's sales have grown steadily with 2010 sales of approximately 1.526 million units (up 40% compared to 2009) achieving a record high for ten consecutive years.

In order to fulfill the diversifying needs of customers in the growing market of India, HMSI is enhancing its product lineup with last year's introduction of CB Unicorn Dazzler, its first model in the 150cc class that was targeted toward young consumers, and by introducing CBR250R, HMSI's first 250cc sports bike. HMSI will continue fulfilling the expectations of its customers by enhancing its product lineup and expanding the production capacity.

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