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Honda to hire 150 more staff at Nairobi plant

From left: Motorcycles Assemblers of Kenya chairman Isaac Kalua, MD of JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation Takayuki Utsum and Honda Motorcycles Kenya limited MD Hirohide Ichikawa during the launch of the Honda Genuine Oil in Nairobi on February 12, 2018. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
From left: Motorcycles Assemblers of Kenya chairman Isaac Kalua, MD of JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation Takayuki Utsum and Honda Motorcycles Kenya limited MD Hirohide Ichikawa during the launch of the Honda Genuine Oil in Nairobi on February 12, 2018. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Honda Motorcycle Kenya (HMK) is set to employ 150 more people at its Nairobi-based plant once an expansion plan is implemented in the next four years.

The auto company currently employs 70 people at the assembly plant, which has a production capacity of 25,000 motorcycle units annually.

Once expanded, the capacity is projected to hit 100,000 units per year.

Last year it sold 33,000 units.

Local production of Honda motorcycles started in March 2013 after Sh805 million capital investment.

“We plan to expand, and in future would like to serve motorcycle riders as much as possible,” said HMK managing director Hirohide Ichikawa in Nairobi on Monday, during the launch of a Honda motorcycle lubricant.

The lubricant, Honda Genuine Oil, has been produced in partnership with JX Nippon Oil & Energy Middle East & Africa FZE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the JXTG Group, a Japanese petroleum company.

The lubricant is said to have a longer oil drain interval of 4,000km.

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