Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Honda’s Anna Engine Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Honda of America Mfg.'s Anna Engine Plant, Honda's largest automobile engine plant in the world, today celebrated 30 years of engine production. The plant has produced more than 20.1 million engines since opening on July 22, 1985.
Since starting production with just 94 associates, the Anna Engine Plant has grown continuously to more than 2,800 associates who manufacture V-6 and four-cylinder engines, high-precision steel camshafts, crankshafts, cylinder sleeves and sophisticated pulley components for Honda's continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). The Anna plant, with an annual capacity of 1.16 million four- and six-cylinder engines, supplies engines to Honda assembly plants in Ohio, Indiana, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Through continued expansion, the now 2.4 million square-foot plant has supported the establishment of a number of engine component suppliers in Ohio, which supply parts to the Anna Engine Plant and other Honda manufacturing operations in North America and around the world.
Over the last four years, Honda has invested more than $800 million in the Anna engine facility, bringing the total plant investment to $2.25 billion.  This includes the 2014 construction of Honda's most technically advanced engine assembly line in North America to date.  The new turbo-capable line is 93,000 square feet and features over 100 robots. The production of turbo engines, which started at Anna last month, will power a new generation of Civics, including the all-new European Civic Type R which is equipped with the powerful 2.0-liter VTEC® Turbo, the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built. The Anna-built VTEC Turbo is exported to the U.K. for assembly into the Civic Type R by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing.
"Even more critical than the investments Honda has made in new technology is the passion and challenging spirit that our associates bring each day to the task of advancing Honda quality, efficiency and performance for our customers here in North America and around the world," said Paul Dentinger, Anna Engine Plant Manager. "Truly, our associates are powering the future of Honda."
Statewide, Honda employs 13,000 Ohioans at four manufacturing plants, a major R&D center for product development, a production engineering center for the creation of production tooling, a regional vehicle distribution center and other operations supporting Honda's auto manufacturing in North America.
About Honda in Ohio
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. includes the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and Anna Engine Plant, along with additional facilities that support its manufacturing operations. With capacity to produce 440,000 automobiles per year, the Marysville plant currently is producing the Accord Sedan and Coupe and the Acura TLX and ILX Sedans. The East Liberty Auto Plant produces the Honda CR-V, Crosstour and the Acura RDX, with capacity to manufacture 240,000 automobiles per year.
Located in Russells Point, Ohio, Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. employs 1,125 associates and has capacity to produce more than 1 million automatic transmissions and CVTs per year. The plant also manufactures gear sets, four-wheel-drive systems and four-wheel-drive transfer components.
About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.
Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.
Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2014, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 12 different models, including five passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, will soon begin production of the next generation Acura NSX supercar. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

Source: Honda News

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