Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), Honda’s wholly-owned two-wheeler production and sales subsidiary in India, has laid the foundation stone of its upcoming third two-wheeler production plant to meet increasing demand in the rapidly growing two-wheeler market in India. Spread across 350,000 square meters, the third plant is situated at Narsapura Industrial Area of Karnataka, which is approximately 52km from Bangalore, and is scheduled to become operational in first half of 2013 with annual production capacity of 1.2 million units. The new plant will employ approximately 3,000 associates at initial stage of full capacity and will entail total investment of approximately Rs 10 billion.
Utilizing production technologies refined at the Manesar and Tapukara plants 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 third plant. It will also be more environmentally responsible plant by proactively reducing energy consumption during production and by employing various environmental measures such as water recycling.
In order to realize Honda’s vision to provide good products with speed and affordability, the third plant is being built in Bangalore area of South India, which will enable HMSI to more efficiently serve the vast scooter and motorcycle market of India together with the existing Manesar and Tapukara plants in northern India. 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 at Manesar (Haryana), 1.2 million units at the second plant at Tapukara (Rajasthan) and 1.2 million units at the third plant planned at Bengaluru, preparing HMSI for further and rapid growth of the market.
In order to fulfill the diversifying needs of customers in the growing market of India, HMSI has a current product line-up of three automatic scooters Honda Activa, Honda Dio & Honda Aviator) and six motorcycles (Honda CB Twister, CBF Stunner, CB Shine, CB Unicorn, CB Unicorn Dazzler & Honda CBR 250R). HMSI will continue fulfilling the expectations of its customers by enhancing its product lineup and expanding the production capacity.