Yamaha Motor India Ltd. will be inaugurating their latest two-wheeler production plant in Chennai in the month of November this year. Situated in an industrial park in Vallam Vadagal on the outskirts of the city, the facility will commence operations from January 2015, working primarily on manufacturing scooters such as the Alpha and the Ray twins. The company is currently in a strong position in the scooter segment, and this plant should facilitate them to meet increasing demand for their automatic two-wheelers.
Asano Masaki, the CEO of Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. has also revealed that the capacity for the plant will start off at roughly 4 lakh units per annum and then gradually increase to 18 lakh units by the end of 2018. Also, the company will initially utilize 1,800 people for operations with this number bound to increase to an estimated 6,500 employees in four years.
The factory is expected to have a shop floor area of approximately 114,000sq.m, while the entire facility will occupy around 440,000sq.m. This is the company’s third plant in India, with the two other facilities located in Faridabad (Haryana) and Surajpur (UP). This production centre will also be the first unit in the Yamaha family to house a vendor facility on the site. This will help bring into line the manufacturing operations of various important external suppliers as well as help in minimizing losses owing to distribution and inventory management.