Honda Opens New Engine Plant in Ontario



    Facility to Manufacture Fuel-Efficient Engines with Recycled Aluminum

    ALLISTON, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) officially
opened its newest investment in Canada today - a state-of-the art $154 million
engine plant. The new facility will produce 200,000 fuel-efficient
four-cylinder engines annually for Civic production in response to growing
North American demand for vehicles that provide excellent fuel economy.
    The new HCM engine plant is designed to be environmentally friendly with
a target of zero waste to landfill, the same as the two HCM assembly plants.
Energy efficiency is improved by as much as 30 per cent compared to a plant of
equivalent scale with previously existing technology. CO(2) reductions are
improved by approximately 15 per cent on the same comparative basis.
    The Alliston-produced engines will be made from 100 per cent recycled
aluminum, much of which is sourced from southern Ontario. The aluminum is
provided by an adjacent Honda-related company, MAPCAN, that provides molten
aluminum directly to the engine plant where engine heads and blocks are cast
and assembled to produce 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engines.
    Participating in the opening that attracted more than 250 guests were
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty; Japan's Ambassador to Canada Tsuneo Nishida;
Chairman of Honda Motor Satoshi Aoki; Federal Industry Minister Jim Prentice;
New Tecumseth Mayor Mike MacEachern; Honda Canada President and CEO Manabu
Nishimae; and HCM President Ko Katayama.
    "I am very pleased to represent global Honda today as we continue to
expand our partnership with the people of Canada," said Honda Motor Chairman
Aoki. "This strong relationship began 22 years ago, in 1986, when we built
just 526 units of Honda Accord. Today we are assembling 390,000 vehicles
annually, and recently reached 4.8 million units of production here in
Alliston. And now we will once again strengthen our commitment through our new
engine plant investment."
    "I want to thank Honda for its continued confidence in Ontario's highly
skilled workforce," said Premier McGuinty. "We will continue to partner with
industry to support high-quality jobs for Ontario families, attract more
investment and stay competitive in the global economy."
    The new, 28,826-square-metre engine assembly plant will supply
200,000 four-cylinder engines yearly for Honda Civic production with
production expected to reach 800 engines daily by mid-2009. The plant will
employ approximately 340 Associates when it reaches full capacity next year.
    Honda of Canada Mfg. began operations in 1986 at its Plant 1 site, opened
its Plant 2 facility in 1998 and began construction of its newly opened engine
plant in the spring of 2007. The company currently builds the Honda Civic
four-door sedan, Honda Ridgeline pickup truck and the Acura MDX at its Plant 2
facility. HCM Plant 1 produces both Honda Civic coupe and sedan, as well as
the Acura CSX luxury compact sedan.

    Honda is the world's preeminent maker of engines for automobiles,
motorcycles and power equipment. With 135 manufacturing facilities in
28 countries worldwide, Honda attracts more than 23 million customers
annually.

    
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