Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has inaugurated an all new assembly line at their factory in Narsapura, Karnataka. This is the fourth assembly line at this manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Bangalore, and what makes it really special is that, because of the expansion, this factory has now become the world's largest Honda two-wheeler factory.
Call it the after-effects of the Make In India campaign if need be, this is a significant achievement for Honda and for India. This comes immediately after the successful launch of the made in India Honda Africa Twin.
Honda is a formidable player in the global two-wheeler market, with manufacturing units across the world, and products to suit all kinds of two-wheeler buyers, right from mopeds to Superbikes. For an automotive giant like Honda to have such their largest plant in India, is a big deal indeed.
India has been one of the largest markets for Honda, and the company has the majority share in the scooter market here, making it worth the investment. The importance given by Honda to the Indian market can be seen in the fact that they have four manufacturing plants in the country.
Honda opened its first plant at Manesar, Haryana, which today covers an area of about 100,000 sq. meters and has an annual capacity of 1.65 million units. Honda then opened a manufacturing unit at Tapukara, Rajasthan taking the total annual production capacity to 2.8 million units in FY 2012-2013.
The fourth plant, at Vithalapur, Gujarat was inaugurated in 2016, becoming Honda's first scooter only plant in India and the world's largest scooter only factory by any manufacturer, churning out 1.2 million units of Honda's best selling scooters.
The plant at Narsapura was Honda's third and largest plant in the country. After being inaugurated in 2013, the state-of-the-art factory started producing 1.2 million units a year. Now, it has become the Japanese auto manufacturer's largest plant in the world, producing the Honda Dream Yuga, CB Shine and SP Shine other than the Activa and Dio.
The new assembly line is flexible and is used to assemble the Honda Activa and Honda Dio. The expansion was carried out with an investment of Rs 665 crore and the fourth assembly line adds an additional production capacity of Six lakh units per annum, or 2350 units per day.
Mr. Shinji Aoyama, the Operating Officer and Director, Honda Motor Co, Japan, who was present at the inauguration, noted that, Honda has had fast progress in India. He also noted the importance of the Indian market and said that the Indian market contributes over 30 percent to Honda's global sales.
The Honda Factory at Narsapura is an environment friendly one, with all its water usage taken care of by rain water harvesting, and 80 percent of electricity generated by solar panels.
Honda has been producing some of the best motorcycles and scooters for many years now. Honda's largest two wheeler factory in the world being located in India is proof of the strong relationship between Honda, its products and the Indian market. The larger plant is only a sign of better thing to come, including shorter waiting periods for popular Honda models.