Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Pvt.) Ltd. (HMSI), a fully owned subsidiary of Honda that produces 2 wheelers in the country has inaugurated their 3rd 2-wheeler plant in India at Narsapura Area (around 52 kilometres from Bangalore) in the Kolar district of Karnataka. Made with a total investment of Rs. 1350 crore, it is spread across 96 acres and employs approximately 4500 people.
The plant will start operation from June 2013, and in the first phase it will churn out 12 lakh bikes/scooters annually. By the end of 2014, the plant’s production capacity would have increased by 6 lakh, the total capacity will be 18 lakh units annually. This will bring the total capacity of the all the three plants combined to 46,00,000 (46 Lakh) units.
Honda says that the Narsapura plant is more advanced, efficient and greener than the other two plants; Newer and faster machines, robotic welding and painting arms and high speed transfer will increase product quality and reduce production times. linesEnergy consumption during production is reduced considerably, 30% of the water consumed by the plant will come from rain-water harvesting, there will be no effluents from the plant into the nearby region.
The company plans to start mass production of its entry-level motorcycle Dream Yuga in this plant next month. This will be followed by manufacturing of Activa scooter on the second line. The plant at Narsapura is the third plant HMSI has opened in the country, the other two are located at Manesar, Haryana and Tapukara, Rajasthan.