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production resumes at quake-hit honda plant

Honda is set to resume production of big bikes at its Kumamoto factory four months after the production facility was hit by an earthquake.

The manufacturer said it had made an all-out effort to meet its mid-August target to get the plant up and running.

Production had been suspended on the night of 14 April. On 6 May the factory resumed the supply of parts for Honda production operations outside Japan and a week later the assembly of power products was restarted.

The factory resumed assembly of key models at a reduced volume on 6 June and volume has increased since in stages. Now, the FUN line, a production line for large-sized motorcycle models (including the CRF1000L Africa Twin, pictured at the Scottish show), is ready to resume production. As a result, overall production at Kumamoto Factory was virtually normalised as of 22 August.

“Honda continues to wish for the earliest possible recovery of the affected area and make the utmost effort to deliver products to customers in a timely manner,” a spokesman said.

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