Kawasaki, KYMCO Form Partnership

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Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries has partnered with Taiwan's Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. (KYMCO) to produce a series of general purpose engines in China.

KYMCO operates four production facilities in China. While Kawasaki operates eight facilities in China, only one supplies the company's Consumer Products & Machinery division.

Production of the FJ180V engines started last month at KYMCO's Changzhou Kwang Hsing Precise Machine Co., Ltd. (CKH) facility. The CKH plant, opened in 1995, manufactures motorcycle and scooter parts, and assembles scooter engines, generators and utility engines. It is capable of producing about 100,000 units per year.

"We have confidence that Kawasaki will transfer more models to CKH in the future," says Shinichi Tamba, senior vice president of Kawasaki's Consumer Products & Machinery division.

—Submitted by Guido Ebert