Honda Thailand NewsSince establishing its first production facility in Thailand in 1965, Honda has produced more than 50 million motorcycles and power products at its facilities there.
On Monday, November 17, Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd., held a ceremony to mark that cumulative production milestone.Thai Honda Manufacturing has become one of the most significant bases for Honda’s global production of motorcycles and power products.In 2013, Honda delivered approximately 17 million motorcycles and 6 million power products to customers worldwide, with 10% of the motorcycles and 40% of the power products being manufactured by Thai Honda Manufacturing.Thai Honda Manufacturing began producing power products in 1987 and the company has delivered a wide range of power products such as general-purpose engines, water pumps, and brush cutters for customers worldwide since that time.In 2012, the company started a new power products production plant to better integrate the development and production function for more efficient operations.Thai Honda Manufacturing began producing 250cc engines for mid-sized motorcycles in 2010. In 2012, the company started a global model production line which only produces global motorcycle models.The company increased its production in 2014 by manufacturing large-sized motorcycles such as the CBR650 series. Various types and models of motorcycles from Thai Honda have been exported to global customers in numerous countries including Japan, Europe, North America and Australia.Dr. Atchaka Sriboonruang, Permanent Secretary, Thailand Ministry of Industry, Mr. Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer & Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production (Asia & Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. jointly presided over the observance in Bangkok.“We would like to express our gratitude to our customers in Thailand and around the world. 50 years since Honda first started its operation in Thailand, with your support and trust, today Thai Honda Manufacturing has become one of our most important global production bases for producing advanced and environmentally-friendly motorcycles and power products. Today, our motorcycles and power products are being delivered to our customers in over 80 countries. Thai Honda Manufacturing will continue manufacturing products that will deliver maximum satisfaction to customers, quickly and with low CO2 emissions,” said Abe.The product range includes motorcycles such as the PCX, CBR250, CBR300, CBR500, CBR650, MSX, Wave (110, 125), Scoopy i, Click125, and others. The power products range includes GX engine series, Brush Cutters, Backpack Sprayers, and Water Pumps. The Thai facilities have the capacity to produce 1.7 million motorcycles and 3.0 million power products per year.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.