|TOKYO, Japan, May 15, 2006– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that its cumulative worldwide production of power products reached the 70 million unit mark on May 12, 2006.
Honda entered the power products business in 1953 with a general purpose engine for agricultural use and gradually expanded its product line to include tillers, generators, pumps and other products. Honda’s power products line up has further diversified, now including the iGX engine with world’s best environmental performance to help address environmental and energy problems, a compact household co-generation system, and a 4-wheeled chair scooter “Monpal” adopting the LONG visibility enhancement design from Honda’s ASV-3 (Advanced Safety Vehicle) program, to improve visibility for other motorists.
Honda’s worldwide production of power products reached 30 million units in May 1997 and 50 million units in October 2002, five years and five months later. The 70 million production milestone has now been reached after only another three and a half years. Of those 70 million units, Honda has sold approximately 44 million general purpose engines and approximately 26 million finished power products including generators and tillers. Honda’s production of power products continues to expand rapidly due to increasing sales of general purpose engines in overseas markets.
Honda produces power products in Japan at the Kumamoto factory and Hosoe plant in the Hamamatsu factory. Since Honda started production of lawnmowers in the U. S. in 1984, Honda has built a number of plants worldwide, expanding its production capacity in Europe and Asia as well. Today, Honda has 11 production facilities in 9 countries, and distributes its products in more than 150 countries around the world. Honda’s power products operation is one of the company’s three core businesses along with motorcycles and automobiles. With those products widely used in agricultural, construction and recreational activities, Honda will continue improving the environmental and safety performance of its entire product range, to meet growing and diversifying customer demands.