Kawasaki is set to expand its manufacturing unit in Chakan, India to serve as a hub for both domestic and international markets. The Chakan facility will manufacture motorcycles for export to markets such as Africa and Latin America and will make price reduction for popular models such as Z250 and Ninja ZX-10R due to localized production in India.
According to reports, the Chakan facility production capacity could be increased to 10,000 units annually to meet demand for exports instead of assembling most of its products at a plant leased from Bajaj. Kawasaki had made an investment for a 10,000 sq. meter production facility in Chakan, Pune in 2017.
Employing engineers from Japan, Chakan facility is expected to benefit the company by bringing down the cost of producing components for models that are aimed at emerging markets. Kawasaki is also planning to produce a 200 cc motorcycle for the emerging market.
According to Kazuo Ota, the chief of Motorcycles and Engine Division, Kawasaki is producing its models with the Indian market in mind as the Indian market accounts for 30% of the company’s global sales. Aiming to sales to 5000 motorcycles by 2020, Kawasaki is currently working on doubling the count of its exclusive dealership in India which is currently 30.
Founded in 1945, Kawasaki Motors Corporation Japan manufactures motorcycles and jet skis . Headquartered in Japan, Kawasaki Motors Corporation is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.