KUANTAN: Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Berhad, officially launched its RM20mil new complete-knocked-down (CKD) Suzuki Swift 1.5L robotic welding line in Pekan.
It is expected to roll out its first production of 300 units a month by end of April.
It also marked a new beginning for CKD operations of the model after the company obtained a licensing agreement in March last year from Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan that allowed Suzuki Malaysia to assemble Suzuki Swift in the country.
The line was officially launched on Monday by DRB-HICOM group managing director Datuk Mohd Khamil Jamil at Automotive Manufacturers (M) Sdn Bhd (AAM) assembly plant in Pekan.
Also present were its automotive executive advisor Tan Sri Ab Rahman Omar, group chief operating officer Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid, Suzuki Malaysia Automobile chief executive officer Bastamam Hamzah and AAM chief executive officer Nisbar Mohamed Nasib.
There are four robotic welding lines set up in the AMM plant with the help of expertise from Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan.
At a press conference held later, Ab Rahman said if there was a good demand for the model and if the automotive industry recovered from the downfall at least by middle of the year, production might be increased to 500 units a month with double shifts.
``The market is not doing that well now as reflected in the low production of the assembly plant in Pekan.
``The lines only assembled 12,000 units last year although the capacity is for 60,000 units,'' he added.
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