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Offline PAULRIDES

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HERO MC MFG MEGA Plant (India)
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:39:27 pm »
Duke alerted me to HERO Mega Plant on U-Tube.

I later searched U-Tube and found this (think it is the one he told me about -- not sure). 47 Minutes - be patient learn a lot about what goes on.  

Very Impressive MC MFG (25,000 a day)  -- HONDA & HERO at one time. 2011 came to an end when HERO spent $600 Million (US) to buy out HONDA interest and went on their own.  

Did their own research, development (Fuel Efficiency is most important in India). 

Factories have solar power, green plants inside to make oxygen, roof gardens use water from Air Conditioning to grow food for the workers. 




PS: Makes one wonder if we are so great in MFGing in this country ???? :-( 
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Re: HERO MC MFG MEGA Plant (India)
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 02:55:01 am »
Thanks Paul, that's a fascinating program and it got me to look closer at Hero which was a firm I was aware of but not really familiar with.  After looking into them a bit I'm intrigued.  The Hero company is easily the largest in the world and sold more bikes (6.6 million in FY 2016-17) than the next three motorcycle companies combined.  For comparison, BMW has had 7 straight record setting production years and last year made 185,000 bikes.  Hero makes more bikes than that from just one of their factories!


The situation Hero and India is in is strongly similar to where Honda and Japan was in the 1950s and 1960s where a growing home market needs good reliable basic transportation as the country's economy grows.  This sizable and stable home market will give Hero a solid base to grow on.  They are already flexing their technological muscles by developing their own new models independent of their former technology partner Honda.  They're also reaching out beyond India and built a factory in Colombia to use as a base for the Latin American market.


As an interesting aside, it was Hero that bought out EBR (Eric Buell Racing) after it went bankrupt to gain access to Buell's technology.


I expect to hear a lot more about Hero bikes in the future.
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Re: HERO MC MFG MEGA Plant (India)
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 09:58:07 pm »
Chris,

Good followup you did.

Are they even sold in USA?
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Re: HERO MC MFG MEGA Plant (India)
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 03:42:26 pm »
Chris,

Good followup you did.

Are they even sold in USA?
Nope, they’re not sold in the USA or anywhere in North America.  (yet...  :)  )


Their main market is India of course and they are sold widely in Central and South America along with some nations in Africa and the Middle East.  Their lone entry in Europe is Turkey.


I’ve been looking at Hero commercials on Youtube and I think they’re charming.  I don’t know if they succeeded in making me want a Hero motorbike but they were wildly successful in making me want to visit and explore India!


Here’s a sample:









And probably my favorite....Hero salutes the real heroes.


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Re: HERO MC MFG MEGA Plant (India)
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2018, 12:33:27 am »
Cool stuff.
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