THE waiting time for those who have booked the GEN2, Proton's latest model, has been reduced to three to four months, compared with six previously.
Proton Tanjong Malim Sdn Bhd division head of manufacturing 2, Norhisham Ithnin, said the company had resolved the parts and vendor problems it had faced and expected to produce 3,500 to 3,800 units a month.
“Last month we saw production going up to 3,100 units,” Norhisham said. Proton is confident that production would further increase from next month.
He said that unlike Proton's plant in Shah Alam, which used human labour, the Tanjong Malim factory used robots that enabled it to increase production by up to 60%.
“For now, the factory produces only the GEN2. Soon, we expect to produce other Proton models as well,” he added.
Norhisham was speaking to reporters following the visit of some 84 directors, officers, and supporters of the Norwich City Football Club led by Delia Smith, the biggest shareholder of the British premier league club, to the factory yesterday.
The club, which is also sponsored by Proton and its subsidiary, Lotus, is currently on a visit to Malaysia to play a series of friendly football matches. – Bernama
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