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OSV industry Newscast: Honda Boosts UK Car Production


Honda is celebrating recruiting an extra 500 workers for its Swindon plant, as part of plans to double output during 2012.

The news was announced at the launch of manufacturing the new Honda European Civic, which will see Honda’s factory increase its production to 180,000 units.

Triumph over adversity

This is a welcome upturn for Honda’s Swindon factory, after a very trying three years.

Not only have they had to cope with the economic downturn, but the destructive affects of the Japanese Tsunami and flooding in Thailand.

Combined, the two natural disasters pushed back production on the Honda Civic by a month.

Meanwhile the credit crunch has seen production diminish significantly.

Despite these struggles, Honda Motor Europe president Manabu Nishimae praised the workforce for their continuing resilience.

Disaster brings teams closer

The 2010 Tsunami struck just as final preparations were taking place for the Honda Civic’s launch.

The Japanese development team’s facilities were destroyed, including the essential test track.

This blow had a surprising outcome though. The only thing to do was transfer the entire Japanese team working on the Honda Civic to Swindon.

Kim Ballamy, who leads Honda’s new model centre in the UK, says that this meant the two teams could talk to each other directly.

As a result, it was much easier and quicker to make minor modifications to the Civic’s design.

Honda Civic is a unique responsibility

Unlike other Honda models such as the CR-V and the Jazz, the Honda Civic is a ‘motherless’ model.

This means that it’s not a global model built and managed from Japan, but is purely the responsibility of Honda’s Swindon team.

They are also the only plant worldwide that makes diesel engines, including the 2.2 litre option for the new Civic, with a new 1.6 litre diesel engine being added to production next summer.

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Andrew Kirkley

Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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