31 Mar '12, 1pm

Honda reopens flood-hit Thailand plant

Honda reopens flood-hit Thailand plant

BANGKOK: Honda on Saturday reopened its flood-hit assembly plant in central Thailand nearly six months after the production line was forced to close and said the kingdom would remain a key production base. Honda Automobile (Thailand) vice president Pitak Pruittisarikorn said the plant in Ayutthaya province had been repaired quicker than expected after the floods forced it to close on October 8 last year. "All robots and machinery in the plant were replaced to ensure that our production can now run at full capacity, which is a maximum of 240,000 units per year," he said in a statement. The plant, Honda's sixth largest in the world, employs 6,400 people and exports to more than 56 countries. It was forced to scrap more than 1,000 cars which were damaged in the floods, disrupting global supply lines. Honda Motor president and CEO Takanobu Ito said Thailand was one of the comp...

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