Yamaha is best known for its amazing 155cc scooters in the local market. Both the Yamaha NMAX and Aerox have become favorites for both enthusiasts and commuters alike. Thanks to their impressive performance, utility, and dependability, these scooters have become best-sellers in Yamaha’s roster, and have garnered quite the following among two-wheeled aficionados.
That being said, it would appear that even more NMAX and Aerox scooters will flood the market, as Yamaha Motor Philippines (YMPH) has just inaugurated its second assembly plant in the country. Situated at the Lima Technology Center (LTC) in Malvar, Batangas, the new factory has been configured to assemble Yamaha’s 155 line of scooters. While the company has an existing manufacturing facility also situated in LTC, that factory focuses primarily on Yamaha’s workhorse machines such as the YTX 125 and XTZ 125.
During the inauguration of the manufacturing facility, former congresswoman Charito Plaza, who is now the director-general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), accompanied YMPH president Hiroshi Koike during the ceremonial unveiling of the first Yamaha NMAX to be rolled out of the factory. This NMAX also serves as the first locally assembled unit in the country. Apart from the Yamaha NMAX and Aerox, other bikes such as the MT-15 naked streetfighter, the YZF R15 sportbike, and the XSR155 neo-retro naked bike will be assembled in the new facility.
Yamaha’s new production facility has opened up a total of 250 new jobs for the residents of Batangas and neighboring towns and cities. This comes as a huge relief for dozens of families who, until now, have yet to overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Additionally, the facility is expected to be able to produce a total of 300,000 motorcycles per year—a substantial number that’s sure to make a positive impact on the economy.