Roll-out of the three millionth Yamaha bike

Selangor, 19 October 2012 – Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (“HLYM”) rolls out its three millionth motorcycle production at its Sungai Buloh factory, today. This milestone event earmarks HLYM’s achievement of hitting another one millionth production within a short period of five years. The achievement reflects customers’ confidence and trust in the Yamaha brand, hence making it one of the most preferred motorcycles in the country.

The event to mark the significant milestone was officiated by YB Senator Dato’ Ir Donald Lim Siang Chai, Deputy Minister of Finance.  Also present were Hiroyuki Yanagi, President of Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.; Y Bhg Datuk Kwek Leng San, President & CEO of Hong Leong Manufacturing Group, Y Bhg Dato’ Yau Kok Seng, Group Managing Director of Hong Leong Industries Bhd, and C H Ng, Managing Director, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd.

Speaking at the roll-out ceremony, C H Ng, Managing Director of Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. said, “We hold true to our commitment to offer quality product and services of exceptional value in accordance with global standards and our discerning customers.

“Armed with our management’s desire to innovate mobility for Malaysians, we embarked on transformation of production capabilities by incorporating state-of-the-art technology and automation coupled with implementing human development programmes to nurture a highly skilled and competent workforce over the past 5 years”, commented C H Ng.

To further increase production capacity to meet current and future demand, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor initiated an expansion programme to raise production capacity to 250,000 units per year.

The capacity expansion programme involved the installation of a new Electro Deposition Painting line which is environment-friendly; a new plastic paint shop with three stages of washing that reduces dust contamination; a second line coupled with stand-alone unit cells designed for assembly of big engine capacity motorcycles, like the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion.  The existing conveyor line was also expanded. 

Robotic equipment for precision welding was installed together with the implementation of Auto Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for speedier accessibility and retrieval were implemented.  A modular kit-set system was introduced to obtain greater assembly efficiency
 
HLYM also installed a series of final inspection equipment with testing facilities to ensure production of high quality products and only certified safe motorcycles were on the road.

The industry experienced a growth in the motorcycles sales in the first eight months of the year, recording an aggregate of 412,000 units and is expected to reach 600,000 units in 2012 compared with 532,000 units in 2011.