The Japanese prefectures of Kumamoto and Olta suffered serious damages when an earthquake measuring between 6.3-7.0 on the Richter scale hit Japan on April 15-16, 2016. The Kumamoto plant of Honda Two Wheelers took a major hit and was severely damaged. The Japanese manufacturer has still not been able to resume its operations. Some of the buildings and equipment were damaged and Honda has not been able to carry out repairs as yet and will take a decent amount of time to get back to full production.
But it has confirmed that it will resume operations on May 6, 2016, even if partially. The repairs will be completed fully only by August 2016. One of Honda’s subsidiaries, Yachiko Industries, which manufactures mini-vehicles, is also operating at partial capacity. It will take another six months to start operating at full capacity. Apart from Honda Two Wheelers, even plants of other manufacturers such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Bridgestone have sustained damages of varying degrees and had suspended production for some time.
The Kumamoto plant manufactures some of Honda’s iconic motorcycles such as the Fireblade, VFR1200R, NC750X and the Goldwing as well. Most of the production at the Kumamoto plant is meant for export to other countries. The other Honda Two Wheeler factories in Japan are functioning as normal.