STRENGTHENING OFF-ROAD BUSINESS FOR NORTH AMERICA
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that construction will begin on new production facilities at its Mexican subsidiary Kawasaki Motores de México S.A. de C.V. (KMX). These new production facilities will be added to the current Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. (KMM) facilities which will also build new, enhanced production capabilities in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In North America, the side x side market for off-road four-wheeled vehicles continues to expand in all categories from utility to sport recreation. In order to meet the increasing demand, Kawasaki will invest a total of approximately $265 Million for production facilities at KMX and KMM. KMX will expand Kawasaki’s production capacity and start producing off-road vehicles in fiscal 2023. In addition, KMM also plans to increase its production capacity for new models by March of 2023.
In addition to off-road vehicles, KMM’s production for consumer products such as personal watercraft (Jet Ski®) and general-purpose gasoline engines includes Lincoln, NE, Maryville, MO as well as the Boonville, MO plant scheduled to start operation and production of general-purpose gasoline engines in 2022. The new KMX plant will bring the number of Kawasaki production facilities in North America to a total of four.
By strengthening its business foundation in the North American market and by organically utilizing the four production facilities, Kawasaki will further enhance the Kawasaki brand, customer satisfaction, and aggressively expand its business.