Honda to Build New Automobile Transmission Plant at Hamamatsu Factory

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans to build a new automobile
transmission plant within its Hamamatsu Factory in order to strengthen
production of automobile automatic transmissions (AT) and continuously
variable transmissions (CVT), to meet growing global demand.

Rendering of the new automobile transmission plant

Rendering of the new automobile transmission plant

The new automobile transmission plant will utilize a portion of the
factory site where the motorcycle plant is currently located (the
transfer of motorcycle engine production to Honda’s Kumamoto Factory
will be completed in 2009). With relocation of the existing facilities
within Hamamatsu Factory and introduction of a new production line, the
plant will make full use of advanced technologies and establish a high
quality and highly efficient production system. With the new plant,
annual AT and CVT production capacity at the Hamamatsu Factory will
increase from the current 700,000 units to 1.1 million units. The new
plant is scheduled to become operational within 2010, and related
investment is expected to reach approximately 14 billion yen.

Efforts to further improve production efficiency have already
begun at the Hamamatsu Factory. Production processes for transmission
gears, once spread around the factory, have been reorganized, and a
synchronous production system has been introduced in the area of
machining. A highly efficient production system will be further
established by consolidating transmission assembly processes at the new
plant and also by improving logistics system within the Hamamatsu
Factory. Moreover, a new flexible production line installed at the new
plant will be capable of adjusting production of AT and CVT based on
market demand. With the new plant, Honda will enhance the overall
competitiveness of its transmission production.

As a leader plant of Honda’s global transmission production,
Hamamatsu Factory also will continue to enhance coordination with other
AT production plants in the U.S., Indonesia, and China, and further
strengthen its function to evolve advanced production technologies
horizontally to other Honda plants.

The new plant will be designed to address environmental issues
from various perspectives including rooftop afforestation, promoting
use of rainwater, and adoption of natural lighting.

About Hamamatsu Factory

Start of operation: April 1954 (Hosoe Plant: September 2001)
Location: Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka
Lot size: 212,000m2 (Hosoe Plant: 230,000m2)
Products: Engines for medium-to-large sized motorcycles (scheduled to be transferred to Kumamoto Factory within 2009)
Transmissions for automobiles
Outboard engines (produced at Hosoe Plant)
Employment: Approximately 3,000 associates
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