KTM Philippines happily announced the start of big bikes’ local production in the country through KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI), which will assemble 800cc parallel twin platform motorcycle units at its factory in Laguna.
KAMMI President and COO, Dino Santos, said, “It’s the ultimate dream for KTM Philippines to build world-class motorcycles. After only three years of KAMMI operation, our factory will produce the 790 CKD Family line (790 Duke, 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R) for the domestic and the ASEAN markets.”
Even though affected by the current health crisis as well, Mr. Santos stressed that export demands of around 80% continue to keep them moving forward, giving pride to locally-made units for the ASEAN region.
“The challenge has always been to prove that the Philippines can be a full manufacturing site that can be the HUB for supplying the needs of the ASEAN region. We are proud to be able to achieve this with KAMMI showcasing the FILIPINO talent in producing WORLD-CLASS motorcycles for supplying the needs of the Asian countries. This is through the successful collaboration of KAMMI and Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI),”shared Art Tan, Group CEO of AC Industrials that houses these two Ayala companies.
In the country, this will result to competitively-priced KTM motorcycle units that Filipinos can afford.
Ayala Corporation, the local distributor of KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycle brands, has been producing 200cc to 390cc motorcycle units and is now expanding these to 800cc with the KTM 790 DUKE and the KTM 790 ADVENTURE, as earlier mentioned.
According to the company, the former was dubbed ‘THE SCALPEL’ for its power-to-weight ratio, agility, handling and performance. The latter, meanwhile, is a compact travel bike with street and off-road capabilities.
“The expertise and progress of the plant in Laguna Technopark means we have not hesitated when it comes to investment and further collaboration,” said CSO Florian Kecht. “It will accelerate the growth of the local KTM business but also enlarge its presence in the ASEAN region. Our local production activities support our strategy to fortify the brand with a greater range of larger cc motorcycles. It’s a proud moment and an exciting time for the company as well as KTM lovers in the region.”