Advanced Manufacturing Flexibility in North America
3/11/2015 2:00:00 PM
Honda has invested in advanced, flexible manufacturing capacity in its North American and global production facilities to more quickly and efficiently respond to changes in market demand. This flexible manufacturing system provides a competitive advantage for Honda due to the efficient utilization of global production resources and increased stability of local manufacturing operations and employment. Ultimately, it helps create value in our products for our customers.
Flexibility to Meet Customer Demand
- Honda 's North American automobile assembly plants are operating with an unprecedented level of flexibility to meet customer demand. Honda has nine North American auto assembly lines at seven
plant sites, producing 16 distinct Honda and Acura models.
- All of Honda 's North American assembly lines are producing multiple vehicles on each line. By designing flexibility into each line, Honda is able to balance consumer demand with production. Additional benefits include workforce stability and efficient use of resources.
- Flexibility begins with a highly trained and involved workforce that can quickly respond to customer demand in changing market conditions. In addition to producing a variety of models, Honda associates routinely move between assembly lines as needed to meet customer demand.
- Honda is developing an increasingly flexible supply chain in the North America region, where suppliers are globally competitive in their local communities.
- In 2007, Honda was able to meet growing consumer demand for the fuel-sipping Civic by adding production of that model on the same line as the Ridgeline pickup in Alliston, Canada. Honda also
moved all production of Pilot SUVs from from Alliston to Lincoln in 2007.
- In fall 2008, Honda opened its newest assembly plant, in Greensburg, Ind., to produce Civic Sedans.
- In early 2009, Honda moved production of the Ridgeline pickup from Alliston, Ontario, to Lincoln, Ala. Additionally, Accord V6 sedan began in Lincoln in July 2009. As a result, every Honda plant in North America produces global models as well as regional vehicles, increasing flexibility to meet market demand among Honda plants in North America and globally.
- In addition to the assembly plants listed below, Honda operates:
- An engine plant in Anna, Ohio, with an annual capacity of 1.16 million units, making it Honda 's largest auto engine facility in the world. This plant was expanded in 2007 to significantly increase production of steel engine parts previously imported from Japan.
- An engine facility in Lincoln, with capacity to produce 300,000 V6 engines a year.
- A new engine plant adjacent to the Alliston, Ontario complex, which started producing fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines in fall 2008.
- Automotive transmission plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Tallapoosa, Ga.
Honda North American Auto Manufacturing Plants
|Marysville, Ohio||4,450||$4 billion||440,000 vehicles||Accord sedan (4-CYL and V6),
Accord Coupe (4-CYL and V6),
Acura TL and Acura RDX
|East Liberty, Ohio||2,400||$1.1 billion||240,000 vehicles||CR-V, Accord Crosstour and Element|
|Alliston, Ontario, Canada||3,900||CDN$2.7 billion||390,000 vehicles||Plant 1: Civic Sedan and Coupe, Civic Si Coupe and Sedan, Acura CSX
Plant 2: Civic Sedan and Acura MDX
|Lincoln, Alabama||4,000||$1.4 billion||300,000 vehicles
and V-6 engines
|Line 1: Odyssey, Ridgeline
Line 2: Odyssey, Pilot, V6 Accord Sedan
|Greensburg, Indiana||1,100 (2,000 at full capacity)(HMIN has
|$550 million (Actual is
|200,000 vehicles, at full capacity||Civic Sedan, Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle|
|El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico||1,010||$100 million||50,000 autos||CR-V|