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Cycle News Issue 36 September 12, 2017

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P94 Feature TRIUMPH THAILAND FACTORY VISIT BY ALAN CATHCART PHOTOGRAPHY BY PSKSESY EIPSYSKSNOK OUT EAST Alan Cathcart takes a tour of the new Triumph Motorcycles plant in Thailand T riumph Motorcycles sold 56,253 units in the year ending June 30, 2016—the most recent period for which the Hinckley-based British manufacturer that's still privately owned by the Bloor family has so far released figures. This was a healthy 4.5% increase over the 53,812 bikes sold the previous year, and 85.3% of them found homes outside the UK in the more than 40 countries around the world in which Triumph markets its products. This allowed the company to increase its global revenues by $66.8 mil- lion to $484 million that year, with profit before exceptional costs almost doubling, up 90.8% to $19.7 million. But, in fact, around 80% of those motorcycles were manufactured in Triumph's three factories in Thailand, even if they incorporated some key components such as crankshafts and camshafts produced in the company's two factories in the UK at Hinckley, then shipped out East. Equally, there are many components manufactured in Thailand which are sent to Hinckley for instal- lation in the bikes built there. It's all part of a globalization policy inaugurated by John Bloor in 2002, when he built his first wholly owned plant TRIUMPH THAILAND

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