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Honda goes with the flow for an ultra-efficient factory

Thai plant breaks new ground by adapting 'cell production' to automaking

Honda's new ARC line production system adapts the concept of flowing cell production to the assembly of cars.

Honda Motor's new plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, is unlike any other in the world. In operation since March of 2016, the factory currently turns out a mix of four models: the Jazz (also sold as the Fit), the City (also sold as the Grace), and four-door and hatchback versions of the Civic.

What sets the plant apart is not its products but the revolutionary system that Honda has installed there for the final assembly process, when parts are attached to the car after the body has been welded together and painted.

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