Suzuka Factory was established in 1960 as Honda third domestic factory. Models manufactured at the factory include the world's best selling Fit, and the N series mini-vehicles. Suzuka Factory, among Honda's domestic factories, supplies components to Honda's overseas factories in 27 nations, supplementing locally-purchased components and supporting their local production activities. The factory also acts as a "mother plant," providing technical support to Honda's overseas factories.
Suzuka Factory utilizes state-of-the-art machinery in all of its processes to manufacture high-quality automobiles. Its efficient, integrated production system covers every stage of manufacturing, from the engine to the finished automobile. Honda's fundamental principle "people-first" is applied throughout, using robots for tasks that are either strenuous (such as handling heavy objects) or demand difficult postures if done by hand, making Suzuka Factory worker-friendly.
Components are unitized in its "Global Standard Line" production line, allowing multiple models to be manufactured on the same line, realizing flexible manufacturing according to market demands.
Suzuka Factory sets the standard - the "Global Standard Line" - for Honda's production lines worldwide including North America and the United Kingdom.
Productivity and flexibility for each stage of production are of a higher standard, responsive to changes in the market. By spearheading Honda's Green Factory initiative, initial costs for developing new models and extensions have been halved, manufacturing lead-time (from component acquisition to finished vehicle) has been reduced by 30%, 8 models can be handled simultaneously, and CO2 emissions from manufacturing have been reduced by 20%.
Suzuka Factory is involved in various activities, caring for the interaction with the local community.
* The Green Factory Initiative encompasses activities such as improving resource utilization for manufacturing,eradicating waste disposal and toxic materials, and reducing CO2 emissions to industry-leading levels.