Feet Dry, Honda Builds Second Factory In Thailand

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
feet dry honda builds second factory in thailand

There had been rumors that Honda might flee Thailand after Honda’s Thai operation literally drowned. These rumors have been put to rest . The Nikkei [sub] says that Honda decided to build a second factory in Thailand. The plant is said to be placed into the southeastern part of Thailand where the risk of flooding is lower.

After reopening its plant in Ayutthaya Province on Monday, six months after the facility was severely damaged by floods, Honda wants to increase capacity in Thailand. The new plant is expected to have an annual capacity of 120,000 units, and should be online by 2015.

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  • Deliverator Deliverator on Mar 27, 2012

    Looks like they're trying to air out those cars. Seriously?

  • VanillaDude VanillaDude on Mar 27, 2012

    It looks like Honda was able to save those wiper blades. And don't worry - Hondaphiles would buy up those cars without question, just as they do with the current Civics.

    • Aristurtle Aristurtle on Mar 27, 2012

      Okay, now this is really starting to bug me. Does every term that can possibly be seen as an auto part get turned into an ad link?

  • Wmba Wmba on Mar 27, 2012

    Gee, why not just put the new factory on top of a local hill? Or are there none handy? Every spring we get flooding as the ice melts and jams rivers and watersheds. People seem to forget all this within a few months and carry on until it happens again. Duh. And then complain. A little pre-planning, i.e. site investigation, would obviate most of these problems. However, man has a short memory, and who cares about history? Right? I hope Honda will build on elevated land for the second factory, and will be most interested to see if they do. If they don't, well they don't deserve to sell cars to anyone, and could justifiably be called terminally stupid.

    • Dejal1 Dejal1 on Mar 27, 2012

      It was the worst floods in 50 years and not a seasonal occurance. If you want terminally stupid, try New Orleans, 3-4 miles on either side of the Mississippi, Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard from N. Carolina South. Also, every island in the Carribean and the Yucatan pennisula. I guess the 815 who died in Thailand are terminally stupid and deserved it. The country also held back a lot of water in their dam system because in 2010 there was a severe drought. So, they held back releasing water in 2011 and the dams were full when the the monsoon hit. By then it was too late.

  • Icemilkcoffee Icemilkcoffee on Mar 27, 2012

    Southeastern part of Thailand? There aren't any floods there, but there sure is an ongoing muslim insurgency there!

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Mar 27, 2012

      The insurgency is in the far southern provinces, near Malaysia. There's a lot of southeastern Thailand that's well north of there.