Honda’s UK expansion “on track”

Honda has announced that its plans to expand its plant at Swindon are progressing as planned.

By the end of 2007, the manufacturer expects its UK operation to be producing cars at a rate of 250,000 per year.

Honda’s manufacturing setup in Britain is set to become the ‘mother’ plant for the company’s eastern European facility in Turkey. The UK operation will oversee the foreign factory’s expansion and help to train workers.

Together, these plants will represent Honda’s growth in Europe and are expected to enable production of 300,000 cars a year.

Ken Kier, managing director of Honda UK, said that these steps forward are in response to demand for the automaker’s product.

"Honda’s fundamental strategy has been to manufacture products where the demand is and this very practice has been carried out for our operations here in Europe," Mr Keir said.

The manufacturer’s Swindon plant has been open since 1986 and a total of £1.33 billion has been invested in the venture.

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