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Yamaha Marine Fukuroi Plant Opens

June 16, 2008

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.'s marine engine development and manufacturing subsidiary, Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd, opened the Yamaha Marine Fukuroi plant, transferring the first of a series of Yamaha Marine assembly lines to the newly constructed factory in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The shift in recent years from 2-stroke to 4-stroke outboard motors, and the overall increase in motor and component size as well as the number of parts per motor, has increasingly put pressure on production, resulting in congestion in the manufacturing system. The relocation of assembly lines to the new Fukuroi Plant will enable a reorganization of the manufacturing procedures and improvements in distribution operations and safety systems.

The introduction of new manufacturing processes such as robotic automation of painting processes and adoption of module-type manufacturing will further increase the productivity of operations and product quality. The use of natural lighting, introduction of water circulation (reuse, recycling) systems and other measures have been adopted in terms of environmental measures.

The opening ceremony was attended by approximately 50 dignitaries and guests including the Mayor of Fukuroi, Mr. Hideyuki Harada, the President of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Mr. Takashi Kajikawa, and the President of Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd., Mr. Shohei Kato. After a ceremonial prayer for safety, a tape cutting was held to commemorate the start of operations on the first of the assembly lines moved to this new facility from Yamaha Marine's head factory.

Following this move of the first assembly line to the Fukuroi Plant, plans call for the remaining lines at the Yamaha Marine head factory to be moved to the Fukuroi facility by the summer of 2009.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

About Yamaha Marine Fukuroi Plant

Name

:

Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd. Fukuroi Plant

Location

:

700, Niike, Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Site area

:

118,007m2

Floor space

:

35,000m2(partly on 2nd floor)

Products manufactured

:

2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard motors


About Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd.

Name

:

Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd.

Location

:

1400, Nippashi-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Date of establishment

:

February 22, 1960 (former name: Sanshin Industries Co., Ltd.)

Headed by

:

Shohei Kato, President

Capital

:

664,590,000 yen

Investment ratio

:

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (100%)

Employees

:

1,800

Area of business

:

Development and manufacturing of outboard motors, personal watercraft engines and diesel engines for small-sized boats

Sales

:

124.5 billion yen (for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007)

View of the new Fukuroi Plant of Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd.

View of the new Fukuroi Plant of Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd.

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