India Expects Increase Of Supply Of Kawasaki Motorcycle
The motorcycle department of Kawasaki Heavy Industries is planning to hike up the number of units produced in India. This is in line with their plan to make the country, currently considered as a leading motorcycle market because of the high demand for Kawasaki motorcycles for sale, into an export hub that will send units to Latin America as well as Africa.
The company predicts that the output will rise to an annual figure of 10,000 motorbikes which will include the flagship model called Ninja. The production is happening at a plant facility located in Maharashtra, a state if India, which was launched in 2017. The company has also decided that they are going to source their components from the local market. Along the way, Kawasaki is also going to have a huge expansion in the country for their dealerships which is responsible for over 30 per cent of the motorcycle demand in the international scene.
The very first Indian plant facility of Kawasaki has a total land area of 10,000 square meters which started its operation in September of last year. Prior to the opening of the plant, motorcycles are assembled at a plant owned by Bajaj Auto, a local manufacturer of motorcycle. The leased facility can only handle units with engine displacement from 250 cc to 650 cc. The new facility can handle manufacturing larger models such as the Ninja with 1,000 cc.
A number of engineers working in Japan’s Kawasaki headquarters have been relocated permanently in India in order to manage the operation. Their responsibility is to find ways by which local components that are cheaper can be used in models that are designed for the emerging markets like the Ninja 250 model. The end goal of the company is to improve Kawasaki motorcycles in India so they can compete with local brands.
One of the local competitions of Kawasaki is the Bajaj brand which exports motorcycles to countries in Latin America. As the number of Kawasaki motorcycles for sale in India increased, the company plans to export to other countries as well especially those in Africa and Latin America.