Honda Of The UK Manufacturing Ltd Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Over 20 years ago a decision was made by Honda Motor Co. Ltd in Japan to start investing in the UK with a Pre-Delivery Inspection Facility for Honda cars being sold in Europe, including those being manufactured under licence in the UK.

20 years on, that investment is in excess of £1.33 billion. Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited (HUM) is now the centre of Honda’s European Car production. Its fully integrated car and engine Plants clearly demonstrate Honda’s long-term commitment to Swindon and to British manufacturing - proof that HUM’s Associates at the Swindon operation are fully capable of supporting Honda’s global activities.

Producing the award winning Civic 5-door and CR-V, the operation employs over 4,000 Associates in Swindon, including 23 who originally started in 1986.

Mr Masaaki Kato, Managing Director of Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd and Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, said “HUM has developed into a mature and successful car and engine manufacturing operation, which could not have been achieved without the strong driving force of our dedicated Associates.”

Today, HUM celebrates its 20 year anniversary since operations began in August 1986 with this Open Day for Associates, family and friends. This gives HUM an opportunity to say a special thank you to our Associates and their families for their contribution in making HUM a successful operation. It also provides an opportunity to say thank you to the local community for continuously supporting our development.

In line with other notable HUM events, to commemorate this anniversary, some of the original Associates from 1986 will plant an oak tree.

Published 22 August 2006 Melanie Carter

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