India Yamaha Motor has been expanding its presence in the two-wheeler space, and it has achieved a major milestone in the process. The two-wheeler maker announced the production of its one-millionth model out of the Chennai plant. The one-millionth merchandise to roll out from the Chennai plant has been the highly popular Yamaha Fascino, the company said in a statement. Additional two-wheelers that contributed to the landmark production would be the Yamaha Ray Z, Ray ZR, Alphascooters, as well as the Saluto and Saluto RX commuter motorcycles. Yamaha India managed to achieve the landmark number in a little over two years of operations in the Chennai manufacturing facility. The plant started operations in March 2015 with an initial capacity of 4.5 lakh units per annum and aims to create up to 9 lakh units each year by 2019.
The company has invested up to ₹ 1300 crore in the Chennai facility and intends to add ₹ ₹ ₹ 200 crore more by 2018. The Chennai plant is a first for Yamaha Motor Group to have a vendor park in its nearby vicinity. The park includes a total of nine vendors which have invested ₹ 760 crore in the area and employ over 1900 personnel. The seller park setup helps producers minimise losses in production management and distribution, improving efficiency in the manufacturing process.
The Yamaha Fascino was the one-millionth merchandise to roll out from the Chennai plant
The production of one million-unit in just two decades stipulates the increasing popularity of our brand one of the Indian customers. The important milestone will serve as a major boost for business development as well as future expansion plans in India. We will continue to enhance the production facilities and contribute to the requirements of the Indian two-wheeler market.”
Out of the one million units produced, Yamaha states that 8.5 lakh units are produced for the domestic market while 1.5 lakh units were exported. The Yamaha Fascino is the bike manufacturer’s most produced model at the plant with 3.7 lakh units, making it Yamaha’s most successful model in India. The Chennai plant has production ratio of 7:3 at present between scooters and motorcycles. The business’s highest export models include the FZ series (produced at the Faridabad facility), Ray ZR along with the Fascino.
Yamaha India – Vice President, Mukesh Kumar said, “This significant milestone would not have been possible without the hard work and diligent efforts of our entire team in production, manufacturing, buy, R&D and all other departments in addition to the suppliers. In the first year i.e. 2015, we produced 2.29 lakh units, the very second year in 2016 we produced 4.17 lakh units and this year till date we have produced 3.54 lakh units. We are proud to contribute to the world’s number 1 two-wheeler marketplace.”
The Chennai plant also functions a manufacturing base for mostly African as well as ASEAN and Latin American markets for the manufacturer.