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Japan's Keihin to double motorcycle parts sales in India

Honda-affiliated manufacturer aims to shift to greener fuel injectors

An employee checks a tag on a new scooter at a stock yard during a media tour to the newly inaugurated second assembly line of a Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India manufacturing plant at Vithalapur in the western state of Gujarat, India.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Keihin, an autoparts maker affiliated with Honda Motor, plans to double sales of motorcycle parts in India to more than 40 billion yen ($355 million) by the fiscal year through March 2021, compared with the current year through March 2018.

The world's largest fuel system parts maker for motorcycles, with a 51% share of the market, Keihin will spend 18 billion yen to build a new plant and reorganize production lines, before the Indian government tightens emissions controls in 2020. The company aims to grow in the world's largest motorcycle market by shifting to new, more environment-friendly systems.

Keihin currently produces carburetors in India, but these are becoming obsolete amid efforts to clean up exhaust emissions. The company will switch to electronically controlled fuel injection systems, which are common in developed countries.

The parts maker is building a new plant in Rajasthan state and reorganizing production lines at three existing plants to make fuel injectors. The new production lines will gather and analyze production and quality data to prevent failures from occurring. Keihin plans to boost production efficiency by 50% through automation.

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