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Honda


Honda’s second UK plant has this week begun low volume production of the new Civic
5 door model. Honda reports that its second British car plant based at Swindon
in Wiltshire has been completed on schedule ‘underlining the company’s commitment
to car manufacturing in the UK.’ Honda’s Swindon facility now includes an engine
plant built in 1989, the original car plant opened in 1992 and of course this
new plant. Preparations for the final recruitment stage are now under way leading
to a total of 4,000 people working at the Swindon production facility.

Employees at the new £130m plant have this week started low volume production
with the new Civic 5 door model. The official opening will take place in September
when the plant will reach full shift production rate.

The new No 2 Car Plant will increase annual production capacity at Swindon
by 100,000 units, taking the total to 250,000 when combined with the 150,000-unit
No 1 Car Plant. The company plans to attain full rate of production in both
plants within 2002.

Exports to both Japan and North America are also planned for the first time
from Honda’s European manufacturing base in England.

The new plant using Honda’s advanced New Manufacturing System (NMS), will have
the flexibility to build a range of models.






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