Honda's European facility to become global production hub for new Civic five door

31/03/2015 17:22

Honda's European facility to become global production hub for new Civic five door

Honda's European facility to become global production hub for new Civic five door

Honda's production facility in Europe, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become a global production hub for the next generation Civic five-door model.

The news coincides with Honda's plan to continue the development of global production network to maximise the efficiency and quality of its manufacturing operations.

By developing the European facility into a global manufacturing hub for the new model, HUM will increase Civic volumes whilst developing improved economies of scale.

The skills, knowledge and experience accrued by Honda Associates since Civic production began at HUM over 20 years ago, will play an important role as the facility specialises in the production of the popular hatchback once again.

Honda will invest more than £200m into new, advanced production technologies and processes, further enhancing the Japanese brand's European manufacturing facilities. This new contribution brings Honda's total investment in HUM to over £2.2billion since 1985.

Jason Smith, director of Honda of the UK Manufacturing, said: "By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the Civic five door, Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

"This is incredibly important for HUM and is a reward for the commitment and effort put in by Honda Associates in recent years. As a global production facility for the Civic five door model we look forward to making the most of the opportunity to export this model not only to our European customers, but also, to key global markets."

by: Sophie Williamson-Stothert

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