Honda to Double Car Production Capacity
in Pakistan


2005 Honda City - Pakistan
2005 Honda City

7th September, 2005

Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Ltd. (HACPL), Honda’s car production and sales joint venture in Pakistan, held a Manufacturing Capacity Expansion ceremony of its production plant on Monday. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries and guests including Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Federal Minister for Industries and Production and Special Initiatives Jahangir Khan Tareen, and other high ranking government officials.

To meet ever-increasing demand for cars in Pakistan, where economic growth continues, HACPL will increase production capacity by expanding plant facilities and upgrading welding and painting equipment. The annual production capacity will be doubled from the current 25,000 units to 50,000 units by the end of 2006. Total investment for this expansion is expected to be approximately 1.67 billion rupee (approximately 2.9 billion yen*).
 * 1 rupee = 1.74yen

“Honda has been building a long-term partnership with Pakistan ever since we began motorcycle business here in 1960s, and Honda would like to continue making a contribution to the economy and society of Pakistan,” said Mr. Satoshi Toshida, chief operating officer of Asia/Oceania Regional Operations for Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

The car market in Pakistan reached 133,000 units in 2004 – more than double the market size three years ago. Sales of the Honda Civic and City models continues to grow and total sales from January through July this year reached approximately 18,000 units – a 90% increase compared to the same period a year ago.

About Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Ltd. (HACPL)

Established: November 1992
Capital Investment: 420 million rupee
Capitalisation Ratio: 51% Honda Motor Co., Ltd. / 30% Shirazi family / 19% Public
Type of the Company: Public company listed on the stock exchanges in Pakistan
Representative: Mamoru Suwama, President & CEO
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Employment: Approximately 1,140
(Planned to increase to 1,450 by the end of 2006)
Start of Production: July 1994
Annual Capacity: 25,000 units (2-shift)
(Planned to increase to 50,000 units by the end of 2006)
Products: Civic, City

Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) production plant

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