Honda Hosts Open House at Yorii Plant of the Saitama Factory

Honda Hosts Open House at Yorii Plant of the Saitama Factory 
A Highly-efficient Environmentally-responsible Auto Plant 
Tokyo, Nov 7, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today hosted the
premiere open house at its Yorii Plant of the Saitama Factory (in Yorii-machi,
Osato-gun, Saitama, Japan). The open house was attended by many dignitaries,
guests, representatives from the local governments, Mr. Kiyoshi Ueda, the
Governor of Saitama Prefecture, as well as Honda executives, including Takanobu
Ito, president & CEO. 
Designed under the concept of "producing the world's cleanest
products at the world's cleanest plant," the people-friendly and
environmentally-responsible Yorii Plant strives to become the world's top
class energy saving plant through the adoption of Honda's most advanced
production technologies and establishment of a highly efficient production
system. 
At the Yorii Plant, which features innovative technologies and will lead Honda
plants around the world, Honda will further increase the efficiency of its
production system through centralized production of the Global Compact Series
including the all-new Fit as well as small-sized SUV and sedan which will be
introduced to the market in the future. 
Honda will continue delivering products which fulfill the needs of customers
in each region, with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions by evolving
technologies and know-how cultivated at Yorii Plant to other new Honda plants
which will soon begin operation in countries such as Mexico, China, and
Brazil. 
Production technologies 
Stamping: 
- The industry's top-class stamping volume was realized through a
high-speed servo stamping press and adoption of high-speed die change. The
efficiency of the stamping process was improved by approximately 40 percent. 
Welding: 
Minimization and globalization of capital investment were made possible by
reducing production equipment 
- For the main body assembly equipment, the conventional large-sized jig was
replaced by a smaller-sized robot jig. Through modularization, reduction of the
equipment was realized making it possible to standardize the equipment on a
global basis.
- Press-hemming which previously required a large-sized stamping machine was
replaced by roller-hemming which is done by small-sized general-purpose roller
equipment.
- An inner general welding machine forms the body framework by consolidating
frame components, which realized a reduction in vehicle body weight.
- Automation was adopted for heavy-lifting processes such as mounting of hood
and doors. 
Assembly: 
Reduction of heavy-lifting processes, improvements in the precision of
installing components and a reduction in manpower through automation were
realized. 
- Assembly of the instrument panel, glass, engine, suspensions and tires were
automated. 
Technologies that reduce the environmental footprint 
Painting: 
Honda S.E. Paint system (Honda Smart Ecological Paint) was adopted 
- The amount of energy consumed during the painting process was reduced by 40%
through the elimination of a middle coating process from a commonly used
4-coat/3-bake painting process to realize a 3-coat/2-bake painting process. 
Synthetic resin: 
Bumper painting process adopts Japan-first* absorptive removal of paint mist
using calcium carbonate instead of water 
Facility management: 
Status of energy use is visualized through FEMS (Facility energy management
system) 
Suppliers: 
Efficiency of logistics was significantly improved by a parts consolidation
center which was realized through cooperation with suppliers 
- By locating suppliers' parts consolidation processes within the Honda
plant site (corporate park), a direct link between parts processing to
automobile production plant is established, which largely contributed to the
significant improvement in the efficiency of logistics and a reduction of CO2
during the transportation. 
*Honda internal research 
About Honda 
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC/LSE:HNDA.L) is one of the leading
manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of
motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine
satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing
facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products,
including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden
equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19
million customers annually. For more information, please visit
http://world.honda.com. 
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