Japanese superbike maker doubles target for sourcing parts from India

Dec 24 2013, 00:43 IST
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SummaryJapanese superbike maker, Kawasaki, has started scaling up its motorcycle component sourcing from India

Japanese superbike maker, Kawasaki, has started scaling up its motorcycle component sourcing from India. The company has set a target of sourcing R25 crore worth of components from India for 2014 and is more than doubling it to cross R60 crore by 2016. Indian Kawasaki Motors (IKM), the 100 % subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, set up the Indian subsidiary in July 2010, with a facility at the Bajaj Auto premises in Akurdi, to manufacture and market motorcyles as well as to export Indian parts. Shigeto Nishikawa, deputy MD, IKM, said the company has started exporting from India into Japan and Thailand. Kawasaki is exporting metres, blinkers, lamps and suspension systems to start with, he said. Kawasaki has a capacity to make more than five lakh bikes across the world — 80,000 units in Japan, 2,50,000 units in Thailand, 1,50,000 units in Indonesia, 1,00,000 units in Philippines and 20,000 units in Brazil. In India, Kawasaki has capacity to assemble 5,000 units. The company’s annual sales was at 4,50,000 units, with the majority of the bikes going into the Asean markets. Kawasaki is also selling Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200 bikes in Philippines and Indonesia. “Last year we have had a positive rise in these sales and increase in quality of the product,” Nishikawa said. Kawasaki sold around 1,00,000 Pulsars in Philippines and 20,000 units in Indonesia in a collaboration with Bajaj Auto.

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