KTM PH expanding Laguna factory

KTM Philippines is nearing its 30,000 unit motorcycle production milestone. This is the number of units assembled since the Philippine plant’s inauguration in 2016.

The motorcycles are made by KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc. (KAMMI), which is a joint venture between AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc. (AC Industrials) and KTM AG. The join venture led to the state-of-the-art motorcycle manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

The facility started out with just 4 KTM models: the Duke 200/390 and RC 200/390.In 2020, additional models were added to the assembly line, which includes big bikes 390 Adventure, 790 Adventure, 790 Adventure R, and the 790 Duke.

For Husqvarna’s entry-level lineup, KAMMI also assembles the Svartpilen 200/ 401 and the Vitpilen 401 inside their Laguna plant.

The facility now assembles a total of 8 KTM models and 3 Husqvarna models. Nearly 30,000 units have been assembled since its inauguration, slated for both local and export markets.

“The growing demand from both local and export markets has now driven KAMMI to expand its current Laguna facility and build additional assembly lines, including one dedicated for KTM engine assembly. It is with the continuous support of the DTI, BOI and PEZA that KAMMI is able to achieve these milestones and position the Philippines in the global two-wheel manufacturing arena,” shared Arthur Tan, group president and CEO of AC Industrials and concurrently, CEO of KAMMI.

Where do PH-made KTMs go?

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KAMMI says that over 65% of its production goes to the Chinese and ASEAN markets. Apart from China, Thailand, and Vietnam, KAMMI is also expanding its export markets to include Malaysia and Cambodia.

Dino Santos, current president and CCO of KAMMI, shares that as the demand for KTM motorcycles increases, that also means that more PH-built motorcycles are now being enjoyed by our ASEAN neighbors.

“This all started with a dream. As more Filipino motorcycle riders choose to ride KTM and Husqvarna, the China-ASEAN markets are increasing their export orders as well. More and more riders are now enjoying these Philippine-assembled performance motorcycles.”

Even with the pandemic in 2020, KAMMI was able to assemble about 7,000 motorcycles, which is expected to grow to almost 42% or 12,000 units by the end of 2021.