Official Opening of KTM CKD Factory

I had the opportunity to visit the Official Opening Ceremony of KTM CKD Factory up north in Jitra, Kedah this afternoon. Motonation Manufacturer Sdn Bhd (Motonation) was established in 2010 focusing in manufacturing and import/export of high end performance motorcycles, which is also the sold distributor of KTM motorcycles in Malaysia.


The Austrian bike makers, KTM, is Europe’s second largest motorcycles manufacturer, and through its collaboration with Motonation has established a KTM local assembly plant here in Koridor Utara Malaysia, particularly Kawasan Perusahaan Bandar Darulaman, Jitra, Kedah. This is the first KTM Complete Knock Down (CKD) assembly plant outside of Austria to serve the South East Asia market. The KTM200 Duke and KTM690 Duke is the first 2 models to be assembled here, which will help to boost the economy and expand the existing automotive industry in Koridor Utara.


RM30 million has been invested by Motonation in this state of the art facility which will create 300 jobs in their 5 years of operation. The plant which includes the Dyno Test Lab (with ABS module) is the first of its kind in the world.


The official opening ceremony was officiated by YB Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Deputy Minister (Trade) Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia. Other VIPs who also graced this event are YBM Dato’ Seri DiRaja Syed Razlan, EXCO Investment Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, Entrepreneurship Development and International Relations, Dato’ Seri Syed Badlishah, Chairman of Motonation, Dato’s Redza Rafiq, Chief Executive of NCIA, Mr Selvaraj Narayana, Managing Director of KTM South East Asia, Mr. Peter Perberschlager, Regional Director of KTM Asia Pacific and representative from various government agencies.


YB Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir in his opening speech.


Motonation is also planning to become a motorcycle hub in the regional market, as the market for 200cc to 800cc segment has experienced extraordinary growth especially in Malaysian and Thailand market. There are already plans for plant increment, renovation and material cost, advanced machinery and setting up of a new R&D facility. Motonation will also be training young talented riders from Malaysia under the KTM-Motonation umbrella.


Mr. Peter Perberschlager, Head of Sales and Marketing said the KTM brand is an international platform not only as a proactive player but also an innovative contributor to serve the automobile industry. Mr. Selvaraj Narayan, the Managing Director for South East Asia said, the KTM200cc Duke is a highly preserved quality made by tradition. It has been selling well in South East Asia and the inception of the new 200cc Duke, bearing the icon of KTM by its tradition is always committed to fulfilling its requirement for astonishing performance and quality, be it off road or on the tarmac.


The launch was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony, plague signing, and a stunt bike performance by Malaysian Supermoto Champion Muhammad Habibullah. The event was later continued with a factory tour for the VIPs and media as well as a press conference.




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