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Suzuki Philippines has just inaugurated its new manufacturing plant at the Carmelray Industrial Park in Canlubang, Laguna, permanently moving the manufacturing and assembly of its motorcycles from its old plant in Pasig City.

Situated on a 12-hectare lot, the Laguna plant was already operational as of May this year. Conceived in 2009 to boost Suzuki's motorcycle production in the Philippines after the Pasig facility reached its maximum output of 8,000 units per month, the Japanese motorcycle company broke ground for the new factory in July 2011 with the goal of producing 200,000 units annually by 2015. Once the plant is fully operational, Suzuki Philippines expects it will employ about 1,000 people, most of whom will come from Laguna.

Since the new factory is approximately 50km away from the Pasig plant, 95 percent of Suzuki's employees chose to relocate to Laguna and stay with the company after it offered to help subsidize their relocation. The remaining five percent chose to avail of an early retirement package.

The plant's location is also advantageous for the company as it is close to the port of Batangas, where its completely-built-up units--mostly big bikes--will be shipped from Japan.

"With the growing motorcycle market in the Philippines and in the region, we thought it was logical to expand operations in the Philippines so we can better and faster serve our consumers needs," said Suzuki Motor Corporation chairman and chief executive Osamu Suzuki at the inauguration ceremony. "The Canlubang plant will also enhance local parts procurement, and its larger production capacity will also make us ready for the growing motorcycle market as the plant is equipped with better machines and processes."

As for the Pasig plant, Suzuki Philippines will retain it to house the company's sales and marketing divisions.

Patrick Everett Tadeo
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TopGear.com.ph's resident writer lives and breathes the news. He might have burned a few bridges along the way just to give you the most relevant--and important--ones.
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