PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), Honda’s automobile subsidiary in Indonesia recently inaugurated its second factory. HPM’s new factory is located beside the first factory of Honda in Karawang, West Java. The new facility will be producing the Honda Mobilio MPV, which HPM revealed will be utilizing 86% local content, which results to additional requirements for parts and services.
The opening ceremony was attended by some of Indonesia’s public figures like the Indonesian Minister of Industry, Mohammad S. Hidayat, the Indonesian Directorate General of Industry, Budi Darmadi, and the Mayor of Karawang, Ade Swara.
Aside from the said personalities, top executives of Honda were also present during the opening ceremony. In attendance were Takanobu Ito, President and Chief Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Hiroshi Kobayashi, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and President & Chief Executive Officer, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd, and Tomoki Uchida, President Director, PT HPM.
The total building area of PT HPM is 145,760 square-meters, which is equipped with main production line facilities that includes welding area, engine and frame assembly, and painting area. Moreover, the new factory also includes material supply area, stamping, plastic injection, plastic painting, and vehicle quality.
The overall layout of the factory is compact so as to enable faster and more efficient production. The new factory is intended to be environmental-friendly and worker-friendly which incorporated designs that have more open space, safe and comfortable working area, sun day-lighting, and better air-conditioning.
PT HPM has a production capacity of 120,000 units per year. With the recently opened second factory PT HPM’s total production capacity increased to 200,000 units per year. The new factory will be producing new Honda models in Indonesia which will kick off with the production of the Mobilio model, a new MPV model based on the Brio subcompact platform.