Honda to Expand Motorcycle Production Capacity in Vietnam
-- Increasing by 500,000 Units to a Total Production Capacity of 2 Million Units
|June 29, 2010 - Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. (HVN), a Honda motorcycle and automobile production and sales joint venture in Vietnam, announced plans to expand the annual production capacity of its motorcycle production plant by 500,000 units in order to meet rapidly growing demand in Vietnam.
Since starting up motorcycle production in 1997, HVN increased its annual production capacity to 1.5 million units by 2008. With this newly planned expansion, HVN's total motorcycle production capacity will reach 2 million units annually.
The capacity increase will be achieved through the expansion of the current plant. The total investment for this expansion is expected to be approximately US$70 million (approximately 6.3 billion yen*1), and is scheduled to become operational within the latter half of 2011.
Industry-wide motorcycle sales in Vietnam totaled 2.26 million units*2 in 2009, up approximately 20% over 2008, achieving steady growth while ranking as the world's fourth largest motorcycle market after China, India and Indonesia. In particular, sales of automatic transmission (AT) models are growing rapidly, reaching 750,000 units in 2009 (up approximately 70% over 2008). Since the introduction of Click, HVN's first AT model in Vietnam, in 2006, Air Blade, a sporty AT model, and Lead, another AT model, were added successively in 2007 and 2009, respectively. HVN determined the additional expansion with an eye toward the continuous increase in demand for AT models.
For 14 years since the establishment of the company in1996, HVN's cumulative motorcycle production has reached 7 million units. HVN also achieved all-time record sales in 2009 for the 14th consecutive year since the company's establishment. HVN's market share is also growing steadily and reached 63% in 2009. HVN will continue to enhance its product lineup in order to continue fulfilling the diversifying needs of its customers in Vietnam.
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