Honda will no longer produce motorcycles in the US, but transfer the work to the plant in Japan
Honda Motor Company, who claims 25 percent of the US market in what concerns motorcycles, scooters and ATV sales, announced their plans to stop building motorcycles here in the States.
The plant in Marysville, Ohio is not considered being as effective as the one in Kumamoto, Japan and will be expanded so it would not only cover the additional production volume, but radically increase it in order for the move to become profitable.
Built in 1979, the plant delivers the Honda Goldwing and the impressive VTX cruisers, the kind of motorcycles the American buyer usually addresses to. In 2007, the plant produced 44,000 such models even though its capacity per year is around 75,000, but thinking big always helps in business and Honda sure does that. The extended plant in Japan will be capable of producing as much as 600,000 per year.
Akio Hamada, president and chief executive of Honda of America: ``This move allows us to improve the competitiveness and appeal of our products by applying the latest technologies and production systems at one efficient location.’’
Workers felt disappointed because most of them are passionate people who have dedicated their working days to this plant and although there were some emotional considerations, they will be transferred at the cars plant situated, as well in Ohio.