Advanced Manufacturing Flexibility In North America

Honda has invested in advanced, flexible manufacturing capacity in its North American and global production facilities to more quickly and efficiently respond to changes...

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. In 2009, more than 83% of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were built by Honda's flexible manufacturing plants in North America1. 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.

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 to the same line as the Ridgeline pickup in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Honda also moved all production of Pilot SUVs from Alliston to Lincoln, Ala. in 2007.
  • In fall 2008, Honda opened its newest assembly plant, in Greensburg, Ind., to produce Civic Sedans, adding production of the natural gas-powered Civic GX in May 2009.
  • In early 2009, Honda moved production of the Ridgeline pickup from Canada to Alabama. 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 1.18 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.

    Synchronous production of V6 engines with vehicles in Lincoln, Alabama.

    An engine plant adjacent to Honda's two Alliston, Ontario auto plants, producing fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines for Canada-made Civics since fall 2008.

    Automotive transmission plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Tallapoosa, Georgia.

1 Using domestic and globally sourced parts



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