Without a doubt, it is not everyday one gets to visit or set foot in a world class racing motorcyle plant.
Just recently, KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI), a jointventure partnership between Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc., owned by AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc. (AC Industrials), a member of Ayala Group of Companies, and Austrian motorcycle giant KTM AG (Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen AG), invited the media among many others and high profile guests for a plant visit and tour of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at the Laguna Technopark in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The KTM Philippines plant assembles four (4) KTM models namely the KTM 200 DUKE, KTM 390 DUKE, KTM RC 200 and KTM RC 390 – will have an initial production run of 6,000 motorcycles, with the goal of eventually expanding to 10,000 units annually. Apart from the domestic market, KAMMI plans to export to neighboring ASEAN markets as well as China, where some 60 million motorcycles are sold per year.
Art Tan, AC Industrials CEO, disclosed during the brief program that the Ayala group’s foray into motorcycle assembly is in line with the company’s push in bolstering its growing manufacturing portfolio.
“We are further expanding our capabilities as part of our thrust of fostering synergies with Ayala companies,” Tan said. “Combining the competencies of our manufacturing and distribution arms allows us to scale our presence in this space, taking advantage of evolving movements in technology, automation, and industrial technology.”
Moreover, KAMMI hopes to ramp up their network to 32 dealers nationwide this year, each one providing sales and after-sales support.
For Dino Santos, KAMMI’s President and COO, “This investment is part of our belief that manufacturing should be a key driver of our country’s inclusive growth going forward,” he explained.
“It provides jobs, supply chain opportunities, and helps put the country in the map as a center for innovation and industrialization."
Before we were transported to the world class KTM Philippines plant, special guest Senator JV Ejercito expressed his proud reaction that finally a leading European motorcyle brand like KTM is finally here in the country.
I even spotted among the crowd, triathlete and popular host and good friend, Kuya Kim Atienza, who took time out in supporting KTM.
Upon stepping foot in the KTM PH plant, one could not help but be impressed with its clean and highly-professional surrounding and environment. We immediately saw from the entrance piles and piles of spare parts boxes neatly stacked.
Thank you to Mr. Arjay Narvaez from the Product Management Department who acted as our batch tour guide for providing us with helpful information on how it all works in their factory assembly line complete with an actual Dyno Test room, where all motorcyles are speed tested among many other procedures before getting released and sent to its dealerships all over the country.
AC Industrials–which consolidates the Ayala Groups automotive and manufacturing segments — seeks to play a bigger role in manufacturing and contribute to the country’s rise as a Southeast Asian (ASEAN) industrial hub. Furthermore, this bold move is deemed a milestone not only in the Ayala Group’s history but for the Philippines as well.
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Congratulations to the top honchos and hardworking men and women of KTM Philippines! Thank you so much for having us in your outstanding and impressive factory facility.