Honda R&D Asia Opens New Proving Ground in Thailand
Today Honda R&D Asia Pacific (HRAP) held the opening for its Honda R&D Asia Pacific Prachinburi Proving Ground at Rojana Industrial Park, Prachinburi province.
The new Honda R&D Asia Pacific Prachinburi Proving Ground is composed of eight test courses built to simulate various road conditions and terrains, which cumulatively total eight kilometers in length. Honda invested 1.7 billion baht in the proving ground, which is specially designed for the Asia and Oceania region, and which will be used for automobiles and motorcycles. The facility makes Thailand only the third country where Honda has proving grounds, after the US and Japan and the US.
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The ceremony was attended by Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology, the Kingdom of Thailand; and H.E. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Thailand. Also in attendance were Shinji Aoyama, Chief Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and President and CEO, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Yoshiharu Itai, Managing Director and representative of Honda R&D Co., Ltd.; and Hideo Komura, President of Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd.; along with Honda employees and other honorable business guests.
“The automotive industry is one of ten Cluster Development Policies that the Thai government is promoting to enhance the Thai economy,” said Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology. “Honda’s investment in the Honda R&D Asia Pacific Prachinburi Proving Ground reflects this shared vision and direction, and will help to strengthen Thailand by developing its competitive strengths in the automotive industry.”
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Shinji Aoyama, CEO of Asian Honda Motor, added, “Thailand has been at the center of our manufacturing and exports in the Asia & Oceania region as well as an important base for our R&D operations. The Prachinburi Proving Ground will reinforce our product line-up by providing more competitive and attractive models beyond the expectations of customers in Thailand and the region.”