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Hondarsquos Vietnam operation already casts 2 million aluminum engine parts annually part of the companyrsquos infrastructure supporting manufacturing of motorcycles in that market

Honda Starting Piston Production in Vietnam

March 30, 2014
15 millionth motorcycle produced Expands engine casting plant 2.4 million pistons/year

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is due to start production of aluminum pistons this week at its automotive parts plant in Vietnam, noting it aims to increase the rate of locally sourced parts for the motorcycles it manufactures there.

Honda Metal Industries Vietnam Co. was established in 1996, and recently celebrated production of the 15 millionth unit.

Piston production will take place in a 3,000-sq.m. workshop built on the Honda Vietnam production campus in Phuc Thang, in the northeast of that country. The installation is estimated to have cost 10,810,000.

Honda already casts aluminum engine parts for motorcycles at a rate of 2 million units/year, and the site also includes sintering and extruding operations.

The manufacturer indicated it aims to produce up to 2.4 million aluminum pistons annually at the new operation.

According to its announcement, Honda views the new piston workshop as the next step toward establishing an infrastructure that will be “a firm foundation for local manufacturing and export expansion.”

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)