Minor move gives KYMCO major control

Publish Date: 
Apr 1, 2007
By Guido Ebert

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - KYMCO USA, importer and distributor of powersports vehicles from Taiwan-based Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd., has moved its headquarters from Inman, S.C., to Spartanburg, S.C.

KYMCO USA vice president of sales and marketing Bruce Ramsey says the move into the new 80,000 sq. ft. facility gives the company an additional 50,000 sq. ft., along with some added benefits.

"It gives us expanded office, shop and parts space, but it also allows us a place to use as a dedicated shipping hub, and allows us to bring a lot more of KYMCO's ATV-related R&D and testing to the U.S.," he says.

KYMCO product is imported from Taiwan to the port in Los Angeles. It then is shipped to a third-party logistics center in Little Rock, Ark. Right now, dealers obtain product from this logistics center.

Ramsey says the new facility will allow KYMCO USA to consolidate the whole unit inventory with the corporate headquarters and parts warehouse. The move will provide better control, he notes, as well as dedicated load planning for shipments to dealers, resulting in reduced handling and freight damage.

The international scooter and ATV markets account for the majority of KYMCO's business. Acknowledging that Europe drives the majority of the scooter market and the U.S. drives the ATV market, Ramsey says it only makes sense to bring some of KYMCO's engineers stateside to test the off-road product.

"Our relationship with KYMCO continues to grow," says Ramsey, "so we expect to have further partnerships with the manufacturer for R&D and testing of new product for our market. ATVs are ridden very differently in the U.S. than in most other markets, so we need to increase our testing and development under conditions that suit our market."