Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) today expanded its two-wheeler plant at Narsapura by inaugurating the fourth assembly line, making it the world’s biggest two-wheeler plant of Honda. The new, fourth assembly line, which assembles automatic scooter models only, has added 6 lakh units to the annual production capacity of the Narsapura facility. With this addition in capacity, the plant is now Honda’s biggest to-wheeler plant worldwide, with annual production of 24 lakh units.
With the expansion of the Narsapura plant, India becomes the top production base of Honda worldwide, with HMSI’s total capacity from its four plants now standing at 64 lakh units. The fourth line at the Narsapura plant was set up with an investment of Rs 606.5 crore, having built area of 69,500 sq m. The new line will provide employment to 1,555 associates, noted HMSI.
The newly-inaugurated fourth line at the Narsapura plant features a fully-automated paint booth air balancing system, which is the first for any Honda plant globally. This system automatically adjusts amount of air necessary for the paint flow, which was done manually earlier, ensuring consistent quality of paint finish. The line also features advanced automated processes and 14 robots, along with increased automation in the machine shop, paint shop and weld shop, aiming at higher efficiency and quality.
In terms of sustainability, the Narsapura plant has been developed with a Green Factory concept, being HMSI’s only plant with 100 % rain water harvesting system and zero liquid discharge plant. HMSI said almost four lakh litres of water are recycled and re-used per day with zero external water consumption. Additionally, the plant is committed to achieve 80 % of energy requirements from solar power and reduce carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by October, 2017.
Shinji Aoyama, Chief Officer - Asia and Oceania Regional Operations, Honda Motor Co Ltd, said Honda’s two-wheeler business spans more than 120 countries worldwide and India is leading the demand. In 2016-17, India alone contributed 28 % to Honda’s global two-wheeler sales and became the top contributor to Honda’s two-wheeler business, he added. The growing Indian two-wheeler market is top priority for Honda and the company has inaugurated the fourth assembly line in the Karnataka plant to meet market demand and prepare for future opportunities, noted Aoyama.
In the first quarter of FY 2017-18, the company’s aggressive growth led the industry momentum, noted Minoru Kato, President and CEO, HMSI. He said that while expanding leadership in scooter segment (59 % market share), HMSI is now also the new second top motorcycle brand of India. In the long term, HMSI’s steady and strategic investments will power its dreams to make India the export hub worldwide, added Kato.