Honda to shift motorcycle production from Japan to Thailand

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In April in the wake of the Japanese tsunami, I predicted in an article that the resultant destruction, damage to supply chain and the inhe...

In April in the wake of the Japanese tsunami, I predicted in an article that the resultant destruction, damage to supply chain and the inherent natural instability of the Japanese islands would lead to Japanese companies increasingly offshoring. Looks like I was right, as Honda just announced a decision to move some of their motorcycle production to Thailand.

By Karn G. Bulsuk


Earlier this year, I argued that the tsunami and resultant destruction and nuclear meltdown would cause an exodus of Japanese companies to move their manufacturing facilities from Japan to safer countries. The process has begun with Honda, who has decided to begin shifting the production of mid and large sized motorcycles to Thailand as reported by the Yomiuri Shimbun.

Despite the recent flooding in Thailand, which has also resulted in the flooding of one of Honda's factories in Ayuthaya, Thailand is still seen as a safer and cheaper place to manufacture.

Looks like I was right. Let's see whether more companies choose to move from Japan.


Photo credit: Ronald Saunders

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