Honda reopen earthquake damaged factory

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Honda have started production at the Kumamoto factory in southern Japan now repairs have been carried out following the massive earthquake that struck the region in April.

The earthquake on April 14, 2016 measured a magnitude of 7.3 when it struck in the middle of the night very close to Kumamoto. It followed a slightly less powerful earthquake just a few days earlier. Both quakes originated close to the surface, which resulted in significant damage buildings, road, tunnels and bridges, and triggered several landslides. 

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Honda has been working to get the earthquake damage repaired since April but is now happy enough with the safety of the build to be able to restart production.

The Kumamoto factory is the main factory for many of the large capacity bikes Honda sells around the world and is the main site for the production of the off-road range. Dealers across the world are being warned of possible restrictions to the supply of some bikes later this year depending on demand.

Honda’s press release explains: “Honda has completed the removal of debris from, and damage assessment of, the most affected facilities such as the assembly plant, and partly resumed assembly of its main motorcycle models on June 6.

“Production initially resumed on a small-scale, although it will be increased in stages according to facility conditions, aiming towards a complete recovery in mid-August.

“Honda is fully committed to continue its efforts towards a rapid recovery, and is grateful for its customers’ understanding.”

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter