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Honda Celebrates Production of One Millionth Automobile in Indonesia

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PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) celebrated its one million-unit automobile production milestone in a ceremony held at the Karawang Factory in Indonesia today.

The ceremony’s distinguished guests included Director General of Metal, Machinery, Transportation Equipment, and Electronics, Mr. I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, and other VIPs from the Indonesian government. Mr. Seiji Kuraishi, Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Company, and Mr. Noriaki Abe, President and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co, were also in attendance, representing Honda along with Mr. Tomoki Uchida, President Director of HPM.

HPM began producing automobiles in February of 2003, with Honda Stream at its factory located in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia. The Karawang Factory was built on an area of 512,500 square meters at a price of 700 billion rupiah, with an initial production capacity of 80,000 units. HPM started constructing its second, 3.1 tillion rupiah factory on a total building area of 145,760 square meters in 2012. The second factory was inaugurated two years later, with a production capacity of 120,000 units, bringing the total production capacity of the company to 200,000 units per year.

HPM currently produces 7 models at its two factories, including the Honda Mobilio, Honda BR-V, Honda HR-V, Honda Jazz, Honda Brio RS, Honda Brio Satya, and Honda CR-V.

The Karawang Factory is key to Honda’s global operations, with export destinations that include Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan. This year, HPM plans to again increase its export quantity to nearly 10,000 containers, with a value of more than 2.5 trillion rupiah.

“It is a great achievement to arrive at this milestone in just 14 years and follows in Honda Motor Company’s 100 millionth unit of cumulative automobile production worldwide in September last year,” said Seiji Kuraishi, Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Co. “Honda sales in Indonesia were ranked in 4th position for Honda globally, behind only US, China and Japan. Indonesia has always been and always will be an important market for Honda. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to doing business in Indonesia and the expansion of automobile production capacities with new factories is a testament to that commitment.”

Tomoki Uchida, President Director of HPM, added, “The achievement of our one million-unit production milestone demonstrates how well Honda cars have been loved and acclaimed by our esteemed Indonesian customers, and also the commitment from Honda for the business development in Indonesia. We will continue investing to further enhance our production facilities and human resources and contributing to the Indonesian automotive industry and the society.”