February 22, 2018, 3:32 pm
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KTM kickstarts Laguna assembly plant

Austrian motorcycle maker KTM kickstarts the assembly of its premium motorcycles in the Philippines as KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI) officially opened its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility recently at the Laguna Technopark in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The launch of the new facility fulfills the company’s promise of boosting the local economy and generating employment in the country by providing employment opportunities as well as revenue for peripheral businesses in Laguna.

KAMMI is a joint venture between of the Ayala-owned Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. (AC Industrials) and KTM AG based in Austria. Ayala Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala lead the opening ceremonies along with other officials of KTM AG.

The new plant had been prototyping and test assembling motorcycles since it was publicly announced in May 2016, assembling DUKE 200s and RC 200s since January this year. The plans then were to manufacture 20,000 bikes a year and export half of its production. At opening, the projected plant capacity for the next six months will be about 6,000 units, 50 percent headed for China.

Arthur Tan, chief executive officer of AC Industrials however said that KAMMI is targeting a yearly production output of 10,000 units of four KTM motorcycles, the Duke 200, the Duke 390, the RC 200 and the RC 390. 

“We are further expanding our capabilities as part of our thrust of fostering synergies with Ayala companies,” Tan disclosed. 

“Combining the competencies of our manufacturing and distribution arms allows us to scale our presence in this space, taking advantage of evolving movements in technology, automation, and industrial technology,” he added.

KAMMI president and chief operating officer Dino Santos cited the benefits of the impact the plant’s opening the Philippine economy. 

“This investment is part of our belief that manufacturing should be a key driver of our country’s inclusive growth going forward. It provides jobs, supply chain opportunities, and helps put the country in the map as a center for innovation and industrialization,” Santos explained.

KAMMI is hoping to increase the dealership network of KTM bikes to 32 dealers this year with each of them capable of providing aftersales support service and ensuring availability of spare parts. Aside from KTM motorbikes, the Ayala Group of Companies is also the
distributor of Volkswagen vehicles under the Automobile Central Enterprise (ACE).

“Our goal is to penetrate all major cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with KTM dealerships” Santos was quoted as 
saying.  

He assured that customers have access to the full range of KTM products and services.

Currently aside from the 4 models previously mentioned, KTM also markets the Duke 690R, Enduro 690R, SMC 690R Motard, Adventure 1050, Adventure 1190, Super Duke 1290 and the Super Adventure 1290 .

Other VIPs who graced the affair were Senator JV Ejercito, who is also a proud KTM motorcycle owner; KTM vice president for Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East Peter Perberschlager; KTM-APAME vice president for quality management Erwin Sellmaier; Strategic alliances manager Harald Starzengruber; Peter Stuhlberger of Business Development Asia; and KTM Asia managing director Julian Legazpi.
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