New Honda warehouse
Shah Alam, 10 May 2011 – Honda Malaysia today held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the new Honda warehouse. The new warehouse located at Industrial Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, will enable Honda to serve Malaysian customers more efficiently. Honda Malaysia has invested more than RM50 million on the new warehouse, which is expected to be operational by 2nd quarter of 2012.
Speaking at the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new warehouse, Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Yoichiro Ueno said,
“The Malaysian market has been very supportive of Honda and the opening of this new warehouse is in line with the continuous growth of the market in Malaysia. In the last three years, our sales volume has grown by approximately 12,000 units with a 1.4% increase in market share. Opening a new warehouse at a strategic location is a natural course of action as we constantly seek for ways to reduce cost and increase efficiency in order to serve our customers better.”
Ueno added that the location of the new warehouse was selected for its central and strategic location, and accessibility to most major highways in the Klang Valley. One of the key criteria was that it has to be a maximum of 30 minutes distance by truck to all major highways in Klang Valley. With this, Honda Malaysia will be able to shorten the delivery process of spare parts to its dealers. Currently, more than 60% of the deliveries are to the Klang Valley area.
“The new warehouse is a reflection of Honda’s commitment to the Malaysian market despite recent setbacks such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan which affected Honda as well. I am confident that the new warehouse will enable us to increase overall efficiency to cater to the needs of our valued customers as we strive towards achieving No. 1 in customer satisfaction,” added Ueno.
Globally, Honda has a commitment to make every effort to contribute to the preservation of the environment, in every phase of its corporate activity. This is also reflected in the design and building of the new warehouse in Shah Alam. The warehouse is designed to maximize natural lighting through skylight technology. With this in place, the usage of lights and electricity will be kept to a minimum, thus helping to save on electricity. Besides this, a Jack Roof is also integrated into the design of the new warehouse to help release hot air and improve ventilation. The Jack Roof design will help provide high indoor air quality and a comfortable working environment for Honda associates.
This 28,000 square feet warehouse will be built over three phases. When completed, the new warehouse, which is built on 12.4 acres of land in Bukit Jelutong, will cater to the storage of parts for the after sales market of Honda cars in Malaysia.