Honda to End Carmaking in Argentina Next Year
Honda Motor Co. says it will stop making cars in Argentina next year and convert its factory there to a motorcycle plant, Reuters reports.
The company says the shift reflects a global restructuring of its regional supply strategy. Honda currently makes the HR-V small crossover vehicle (pictured) at a factory in Campana, which is located about 50 miles from Buenos Aires.
Honda began making motorcycles in Argentina in 2006. The company opened the $100 million Campana factory, which has annual capacity for 30,000 cars, in 2009. Honda also operates a motorcycle plant in Florencio Varela near Buenos Aires.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.