A “Triumph” for the AFG

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The very active Automotive Focus Group (AFG) took advantage of the offer from Triumph Motorcycles for the group to tour the manufacturing facility in Amata Nakorn.  40 members of the AFG were present for the tour, which was very informative.

The Automotive Focus Group poses with Triumph Motorcycles’ staff after touring the manufacturing facility in Amata Nakorn.The Automotive Focus Group poses with Triumph Motorcycles’ staff after touring the manufacturing facility in Amata Nakorn.

The plant originally was built for production of motorcycle components and assembly of motorcycles for export markets.  Processes include; Aluminium and Steel Welding, CNC Machining, Laser Cutting, Polishing, Chrome Plating, Powder Coating, Wet Painting and Assembly.

Triumph Motorcycles (Thailand) Limited is a 100 percent UK owned company that currently operates three factories in the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate, Chonburi.

Triumph’s first factory in Thailand was opened in May 2002 and was established for the manufacture of motorcycle components including Frames, Fuel Tanks, Header Systems, Swinging Arms, Engine Covers and Chrome Plated Parts.

A second factory was opened in 2006 where a wet painting facility and assembly line have been established.

A third factory, opened in 2007 includes high pressure die-casting and machining.  The company now employs approximately 800 staff in Thailand.

A special thanks was awarded to Jamie Looker, Peter Coates, Matt Cox, Mark Pride and the entire Triumph team that made this day possible.

The AFG members were without doubt impressed with the facility and the range of product that was being produced, along with developing an understanding of the company’s history and vision.

Founded in 1887 as a bicycle manufacturing company, the Triumph Cycle Company went on to become today’s Triumph Motorcycles Limited.  The company has produced some very fine motorcycles, from the original Bonneville in 1959 to today’s model.  The Triumph factory has produced thousands of classics since commencing motorcycle production in 1902, and the Thailand factories are now part of that history.

After the tour the AFG moved to a nearby restaurant for networking activities accompanied with food and drinks.  It was pleasing to the AFG to see a great turn out from various companies with a great mixture of cultures.