Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. recently decided to move its R&D and production of sub-150cc powered two-wheeler products to Taiwan, reported CENS news service. The move would make the island an important manufacturing base for Suzuki products exported to Japan, Europe and the United States.
To accommodate its more important role in Suzuki's global operations, the Tailing Motor Co., Suzuki's local partner, has poured hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars into capacity expansion and equipment renewal. This project will boost the Taiwanese company's annual PTW production capacity from 100,000 units now to 150,000 units by the end of the year.
Suzuki plans to procure a total of about 80,000 PTWs from Taiwan this year, including 30,000 units to be shipped to Japan, reported CENS.
Tailing's cooperation with Suzuki is not new. The Tailing official told CENS that his company once used the Japanese firm's sales channels to export Taiwan-made scooters to Europe and the U.S., and that it recently won orders from Suzuki technical partners in Vietnam, Malaysia, the U.S. and South Korea for scooters over 100cc.
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