Honda to Build New Plants in Thailand and Argentina

By: Ally Wahlberg

Honda Automobile Thailand Co. Ltd., Honda's automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand has announced recently that it has started the construction of its second auto plant as it sees further growth in demand for automobiles in Thailand and in other market in Asia/Oceania region.

The second plant was constructed adjacent to the existing plant and is scheduled to start mass production in the later part of 2008. The annual production capacity of the new plant will reach up to 120,000 units in the future and will create an additional 2,200 jobs. Combining the production capacity of the new plant with that of the production of 120,000 units of existing plant will produce a total of 240,000 units annually. Honda the producer of has invested around 6.2 billion baht or 23 billion yen on the new plant.

The new Honda plant in Thailand will be an eco-friendly facility equipped with a "complete water recycling system" with zero emissions of industrial water, and water-based paint with minimal VOC or volatile organic compounds emissions. It will also be equipped with solar cell panels that will help in reducing CO2 emissions by 10 percent.

Honda will also continue in amplifying the quality of its operations in Thailand and in the process further strengthening the business foundation in other markets in the Asia/Oceania region.

Honda to Invest in New Car Plant in Argentina

Aside from Thailand, Honda will also have a new plant constructed in Argentina. The Japanese automaker has invested $100 million on the new plant which was constructed primarily for the production of compact passenger cars, according to the announcement made by newly appointed Economy Minister Miguel Peirano.

The new Honda Argentina plant will create an additional 800 jobs and will have an annual output of 30,000 cars that are destined for both local and Latin American market.

In a press conference, Honda Motor Director General Leandro Risso said that the construction of the new plant will begin in September but actual production will start in 2009.

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