Honda 2Wheelers India inaugurates 4th assembly line at its Karnataka plant

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Total annual capacity from Honda’s four plants is now at 6.4 million units


 

Narsapura plant creates global record as


‘World’s LARGEST & HIGHEST PRODUCTIVITY PLANT of Honda’


 

 

India is now the biggest production base of Honda worldwide  =>


–       New 4th line of 0.6 million annual capacity at Honda’s Narsapura plant starts commercial production


–       With this expansion, Karnataka plant is now Honda’s biggest plant worldwide with 2.4 million units annual production capacity


–       India becomes No. 1 production base of Honda worldwide: Honda 2Wheeler India’s total capacity from 4 plants increases from 5.8 million to 6.4 million units in FY’2017-18

 


Honda and its allied suppliers invest over Rs. 5,400 crore in Karnataka =>


–       Honda 2Wheelers cumulatively invests over INR 2,600 crore directly at its 3rd plant


–       26 suppliers invest additional INR 2,800 crore and set up ancillary plants in Karnataka 

 


Direct & indirect employment to 22,000 people in Karnataka =>


–       Honda provides over 7,000 direct employment at its new 4th assembly line


–       Another 15,000 indirect employment opportunities ushered in by Honda’s suppliers


Honda’s 3rd plant has many firsts in Manufacturing technology worldwide =>


–       The Green factory is Honda’s first plant with 100% Rain-water harvesting & Solar power system


–       State-of-the-art Paint booth automatic air balancing system (World First in Honda’s 2wheeler operations)


–       Cutting-edge manufacturing with advanced automated processes and 78 robots


–       Increased automation in machine shop, paint shop, weld shop, aiming at higher efficiency and  superior quality



ANNUAL PRODUCTION CAPACITY:

The new 4th assembly line adds another 0.6 million units capacity, increasing Honda’s third plant annual production capacity to 2.4 million units. This latest expansion increases Honda 2Wheelers India’s total annual production capacity to 6.4 million units from its four plants.

 

With the new capacity expansion, Honda 2Wheeler India has made two new global records. Firstly, the Narsapura plant is the now World’s Largest two-wheeler plant of Honda. Secondly, this expansion has made India the No. 1 in two-wheeler production base for Honda worldwide.

 

Timeline 1st plant

Manesar

Haryana

2nd plant

Tapukara

Rajasthan

3rd plant

Narsapura

Karnataka

4th Plant

Vithalapur

Gujarat

Honda 2Wheeler India total annual production capacity
Till FY’2010-11 1.6 million       1.6 million units
FY’2011-12 1.2 million 2.8 million units
FY’2013-14   1.8 million 4.6 million units
FY’2015-16     0.6 million 5.2 million units
FY’2016-17       1.2 million 5.8 million units
FY’2017-18     2.4 million 6.4 million units

 

EMPLOYMENT & INVESTMENT GENERATION:

Honda’s two-wheeler plant in Narsapura has given a big boost to socio-economic development in Karnataka. Honda together with its 26 suppliers who set up ancillary units locally have invested over INR 5,400 crore and generated nearly 22,000 employment in the state!

Directly, Honda’s Narsapura plant employs 7,000 associates with investment of INR 2,600 crore.

Indirectly, 26 new suppliers who up manufacturing facilities in Karnataka have made additional investment of INR 2,800 crore and created 15,000 additional employment opportunities at their plants.

 

BENCHMARKING ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ IN AUTO MANUFACTURING: 

The Narsapura plant has many innovations and manufacturing firsts which have contributed to making it the ‘World’s Highest productivity plant of Honda’.

 

This is Honda’s first 2Wheeler plant worldwide which has a manufacturing innovation of fully automated paint booth air balancing system. The system automatically adjusts amount of air necessary for the paint flow, which was done manually earlier. Additionally, aiming to achieve the enhanced safety and efficiency at production sites, as well as reduction in fatigue of operators. Honda 2wheeler has added on 14 robotic processes which were done manually in the past in the areas including paint shop, welding, and material handling.

 

A GREEN FACTORY IN TRUE SENSE:


At the core of Honda’s 3rd plant is innovation and state of the art manufacturing technology.


 

Developed with a Green Factory concept, the Narsapura plant is the Honda 2Wheeler India’s only plant with 100% rain water harvesting system (nearly 4 lakh liters of water is recycled and re-used per day with zero external water consumption) and zero liquid discharge plant.

The plant is committed to achieve 80% of energy requirements from solar power (generating 85,000 KWH solar power per day) and reduce carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by October 2017.

 

POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY:

With its philosophy of Being a Company that society wants to exist; Honda’s third plant in Narsapura has accelerated development in the Kolar District (Karnataka).

 

Since the Narsapura plant’s inauguration, Honda has invested over Rs. 200 million in various CSR initiatives in rural sports, health & sanitation, rural development, education and environment.

 


Honda key CSR initiatives in Karnataka include:

Promoting rural sports in Kolar, Honda has established a 5,000 seating-capacity outdoor stadium at Malur, an indoor stadium at Kolar and is coming up with an outdoor stadium at Kolar.


Committed to Healthcare & Clean Drinking water, Honda has reached out to 16 villages in and around Narsapura with its Mobile Medicare Units in association with HelpAge India. Additionally, Honda has also financially assisted 500 cataract operations for the needy, supported SNR hospital Kolar with modern equipment to develop a blood bank, conducted 33 essential medical tests free of cost for 4,000 villagers (with plans to expand the net of beneficiaries to 10,000 people), established sustainable clean drinking water projects with RO technology in and around Narsapura benefitting over 25,000 people, constructed overhead water tank of 50,000 liter water capacity with supply lines to meet the daily water requirement of the residents of Karnayakhalli village.


Honda’s key initiatives in rural development include construction of RCC road connecting Karnayakhalli and Mindahalli village, setting up of high mask lights and solar powered lights to light up community areas in Narsapura village.

Empowering youth with education & skills for better employment, Honda 2Wheelers Technical Centre of Excellence set up in Bengaluru arms 600 unemployed youth annually with auto industry specific skills. Honda has also equipped Government schools with basic infrastructure facilities.

In the field of Environment, Honda 2Wheelers planted 16,000 fruit bearing trees in 9 villages of Kolar, Karnataka under Harit Udaan – a rural livelihood support community tree plantation program in collaboration with SankalpTaru Foundation. Project ‘Harit Udaan’ will create a self-sustainable & empowered ecosystem wherein community members are engaged in growing and nurturing fruit bearing trees in the long term.

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