Kawasaki Heavy to Boost Motorcycle Output Due to Overseas Demand

Kawasaki Heavy intends to invest 50 billion yen in its Akashi Works plant in Hyogo Prefecture over the next five years to increase annual output by 50% to 300,000 units in fiscal 2010 from the current 200,000.

The heavy machinery manufacturer also aims to launch development of next-generation motorcycles, such as hybrid models and electric vehicles, in a bid to catch up with Honda Motor Company and BMW AG, it said.

To improve production efficiency, Kawasaki Heavy will bring together its processing and assembly operations for crankshafts and other engine parts to a single location within the Akashi facility. The company also plans to automate some of the assembly and parts processing lines.