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The Yamaha delegation from Japan called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at PM House. - APP photo


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf appreciated interest shown by Yamaha Motors Japan to establish a motorcycle manufacturing facility in Karachi costing US$150 million, introducing latest technologies, create jobs and contribute revenue for government.

In meeting with Yamaha Motors delegation Thursday at PM House, Prime Minister said Yamaha is household name in Pakistan. He expressed confidence Yamaha plant will be success story and stir foreign investment. He said every second person in rural Pakistan has a motorcycle and there is huge potential for the motorcycle industry in the country. He assured government will provide all facilities to Yamaha Motors to expand its operations and introduce state of the art technologies.

Ito Yasushi, General Manager Yamaha Japan said on attaining full production, plant will attain production of 45,000 units annually. He spoke of company's intention to further expand its manufacturing units in Pakistan.

With setting up of motorcycle manufacturing facility in Karachi with EFI, automatic transmission, European standard exhaust system, the company will not only be a pioneer in Pakistan but also target Middle East, Central Asia, African markets and will contribute to the country’s exports.

He said that the company plans to initially import CKD Kits and develop local capacity through relationship with local vendors. It plans to achieve indigenization of motorcycle manufacturing to 85 per cent in 10 years which will enable workforce to develop expertise in manufacturing various parts of motorcycles.

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abdussamad Sep 01, 2012 04:20pm
Yamaha has been talking about setting up a plant in Pakistan for a few years now. But they want import duty concessions that the govt. is not willing to give them. Hence the visit with the PM. Maybe if the govt. agrees to give them a tax break they will invest in the country. Otherwise they won't. It's not a done deal like this article makes it out to be.
Zubair Aug 31, 2012 12:57pm
first positive news during this govt's tenure.
Bilal Aug 31, 2012 03:16am
Great News... Keep up the good work guys... Specially, Motor Cycle Exporting from Pakistan will go a long way....
Mustafa Aug 31, 2012 01:39am
It's a good news. I hope that technology is shared with us too. Our decision makers should concentrate and emphasize on technology itself.
Mazher Haroon Aug 30, 2012 07:17pm
For a change one good news, hope government and the people of Pakistan will do the best to make this project a success and to encourage others to think of investing in Pakistan
Atta Khan Aug 30, 2012 09:06pm
That is good news if it is achieved and be successful and more importantly truthful. I hope more japenese industries manufactures here