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Triumph winds down Hinckley production

Triumph Motorcycle will move more of its production from Hinckley in the UK to Thailand in a bid to target rapidly growing Asian markets.

In 2002, Triumph opened its first factory in Thailand where it now has three facilities making about 80% of last year’s total of 60,131 bikes.

There are also factories in Brazil and India supplying for the local markets.

And last month Triumph announced an agreement with Baja to build a range of 200-750cc motorcycles in India.

Proposed Triumph 250
Proposed Triumph 250

Hinckley factory

Their factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, mainly makes engine components and will become a research and development centre.

It will continue to build their new Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) motorcycles with production wound down from about 6500 a year to about 4500.

Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC ace diamond
Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC

They will lay off about 50 workers on the assembly line, paint shop and weld shop.

However, they will add about 20 design engineer jobs in their upgraded R&D facility.

Thai advantages

Apart from the cost advantages of making bikes in Thailand, most major component suppliers are nearby, including an Ohlins factory.

Australia also has a free trade agreement with Thailand, which keeps a lid on prices.

Triumph boss Nick Bloor says the move is part of “Triumph’s next wave of strategic growth”.

“We want to maximise the growth opportunity for the brand globally, particularly in the Asian markets,” he says.

“This is why we are increasing our design resources here in the UK, and focusing our mass-production capabilities in Thailand.

“There will still be manufacturing capability in the UK but the role of our facility in Hinckley will be reconfigured to enable us to create a more flexible and high-value capability.”

Leicestershire automotive jobs have taken a big hit in recent weeks with Norton Motorcycles closing down and going into administration amid allegations of fraud, misappropriated government funding and unpaid taxes.

  1. I totally agree.
    My T300 Speed Triple was UK made in 1996. It’s and absolute gem of a motorcycle.
    Over engineered it is of the highest quality and totally reliable.
    I was going to by a new Bonnie but won’t be as I want my Triumph to be UK made.Bought a Norton 961 instead which is superb.
    I understand that for economic reasons the bikes need to be made nearer to the suppliers and markets.
    However for the UK and European market the bikes should be UK made. BMW and KTM seem to be able to manage it so why can’t Triumph?

  2. What a shame. Well, no more Triumph for me. They should take the Union Jack off the bikes seeing as they are not British made any longer. I ride a Trophy SE and was looking forward to an updated version but they killed it so they could focus on “heritage”. Turns out it is all fake. There is nothing heritage about made in Thailand.

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