Honda to unify manufacturing, R&D operations with creation of HDMA – Bellefontaine Examiner

Honda logoMARYSVILLE AND TORRANCE, CALIF. — Honda officials announced Friday plans to combine all of its automobile manufacturing facilities in the U.S. related to frame, engine, transmission, along with related engineering and purchasing operations into one new company — Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC (HDMA).

The new company also will integrate the automobile product development operations of Honda R&D Americas, LLC (HRA). The unification of Honda’s manufacturing operations and merger with auto product development will be effective April 1.

“We are announcing a number of changes to our business operations that continue the journey we began last year, to become a more lean, nimble and unified company in North America,” said Shinji Aoyama, chief officer of North American Regional Operations of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and American Honda president and CEO.

“Each change is vital to our ongoing effort to make Honda in America stronger and more responsive to the customer, better able to invest in advanced technology, and prepared to meet future market needs.”

Auto-related Honda companies to be wholly or partially consolidated into HDMA include: Honda of America Mfg., headquartered in Marysville; Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America in Russells Point; Honda Engineering North America, headquartered in Marysville; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama; Honda Manufacturing of Indiana; Honda Precision Parts of Georgia; Honda R&D Americas; Honda Accessory America; and Streamlining Auto Sales and Parts & Service Field Operations.

In addition, with the move of auto product development functions to the new HDMA company, the automobile product design