Associated companies unveil FUNTEC in Beijing press conference
In June 2013, Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., and Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., jointly held a press conference in Beijing to announce their future technology strategy for the region. One key announcement was the introduction of FUNTEC, new technologies delivering advanced environmental, safety, and comfort performance.
Going forward, we will use the distinctive FUNTEC label to distinguish these technologies and succinctly convey to Chinese customers our intentions in developing them: to provide fun, satisfaction, and convenience to all who use Honda products.
Guangqi Honda's production capacity will grow from 480,000 to 600,000 units in 2015
Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., an automobile production and sales joint venture in China, began construction in May 2013 on a third automobile assembly line and new engine plant at its Zengcheng Plant.
The new assembly line will be powered by a 10-MW solar array, the largest among automakers in China1, and will employ new technologies for painting and stamping processes, including a short-process, high-performance painting system and high-efficiency laser welder. The innovative, high-efficiency production line, scheduled for operational launch in 2015, also draws on new environmental technologies from the Yorii Automobile Plant in Japan. It will start with an initial annual production capacity of 120,000 units, with the ability to scale up to 240,000 units in the future.
1. Honda internal research
Awards were handed out after a summary evaluation by President Ito
The triennial Honda Green Conference was held in fiscal 2014, gathering associates from across Honda to share and promote the most successful environmental projects in each operational domain. Eight teams selected from seven annual domain conferences presented their achievements, which ranged from the design and construction of a major facility, to smart behavioral changes that yielded significant improvements without costing a single yen. The Best Presentation Award, chosen by the audience, went to Hamamatsu Factory for its adoption of a new gear cutting method.2
2. Learn more in "Environmental Documentary-Honda Face." (http://world.honda.com/environment/face/2012/)
General Manager Jun Nishimoto (holding the award certificate) alongside Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara
The Yorii Automobile Plant, a new facility at Saitama Factory that began operations in July 2013, is one of the most energy-efficient plants in the world, using its cutting-edge production and environmental technologies to achieve a 30% reduction in per-unit energy use compared to other Honda plants. The project was applauded for its pioneering use of numerous technologies and products that help curb greenhouse gas emissions, earning the 2013 Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity in the "countermeasure technology introduction and dissemination" award category. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara presented the award certificate and trophy to Jun Nishimoto, General Manager of Saitama Factory for Automobile Production Department, Automobile Operations, at a ceremony on December 4, 2013.