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Date added: 03 September 2006

Key anniversary for Honda in Swindon 

Honda is proudly celebrating 20 years in Swindon.
In August 1986, 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 - and their South Marston plant was born.
The Honda Car Plant
Twenty years in Swindon:
the Honda car plant

Twenty years on, the investment here has topped 1.33 billion, with over 1.5 million cars rolling off the production line bound for the UK market and abroad.

The factory has also been the driving force behind a whole support network of key local suppliers (described by Honda as 'Associates) employing thousands of people in the area as a consequence - a contribution Honda have been keen to recognise.
The Honda Car Plant
Power plant:
the 2 millionth engine was produced in 2005

Mr Masaaki Kato, Managing Director of Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd [HUM] and Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, paid tribute to the plant's success by saying: "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."
Long-term commitment to Swindon
HUM is now the centre of Honda's European Car production, with 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.

The Honda Car Plant
Wordwide success:
the new 06 Civic produced in Swindon is selling in
 record numbers both at home and abroad
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.
Honda in Swindon - Key Facts
  • Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited is a fully integrated car manufacturing facility, producing the total Car (Engine Casting and Pressing) on the one site in Swindon.
  • Honda has invested 1.33 billion in its manufacturing operation in Swindon.
  • 75% of the cars produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited are exported.
  • In 2005 HUM produced 186,984 units.
  • Current production level is 885 cars per day.
  • No 1 line (CR-V and Civic 5-door): 605 units per day (two shifts).
  • No 2 line (Civic 5-door): 280 units per day (one shift).
  • Engine: 1000 units per day (two shifts).
  • Employment: total 4000.
  • 80% of Associates live within a 30 mile radius of the operation.
  • HUM currently has 250 Tier 1 Suppliers. Although many Suppliers have offices in the UK, manufacturing is conducted all over the world. Most Tier 1 Suppliers are global companies.
Honda in Swindon - Milestones
  • 1985 HUM established
  • 1986 HUM operational - Pre-Delivery Inspection started in South Marston
  • 1989 Engine Plant production begins
Honda's New Car Plant
1989: Honda's new engine plant
  • 1992 Car manufacturing starts in No 1 Car Plant
    Second Engine Line installed
  • 1995 Press Facility established
  • 1996 10th Operational anniversary 1998 1 millionth engine produced
    250,000th Civic
  • 1999 millionth car produced
    10th anniversary of engine production
    250,000th Accord
  • 2000 CR-V production begins

2000: CRV production starts
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  • 2001 No 2 Car Plant starts production                        
  • Civic Type-R exported to Japan

2001: Swindon Honda Civic Type R's exported to Japan
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  • 2002 CR-V exported to North America
    10th anniversary of car production
    Press Facility expansion
    End of Accord production

2002: 10th year anniversary of car production
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  • 2003 1 millionth car produced
    1 millionth engine produced

2003: Honda's one millionth car rolls off
Swindon production line
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  • 2004 250,000th CR-V
    15 year anniversary of engine production
  • 2005 2 millionth engine produced
    750,000th Civic produced
    1 millionth car produced
    Diesel engine assembly begins
  • 2006 06 Civic production begins
    HUM 20th Anniversary year

2006: production of the 06 Civic begins

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