25 February 2020

When is a Brit Bike not a Brit Bike? When it's a Triumph...

For the first time in the history of Triumph Motorcycles, all volume production models will be built outside of the UK, as the firm confirms its intent to move the last two UK produced models to its Thailand factories.

But this isn’t completely the end of UK production, with Triumph saying they will continue to build around 4500 motorcycles a year at their Hinckley factory after all volume production has moved abroad.

The move, announced to Triumph employees on 20th February, will see the last remaining UK produced models – the Speed Triple and Tiger 1200 – join the rest of the range at the Chonburi, Thailand, production facilities. The net result for Hinckley is a reduction of around 2000 units per year, leaving only the high-end Triumph Factory Custom models and selected other special builds based on UK soil. The firm currently build around 65,000 bikes per year, with only 10% of that figure rolling out of the Hinckley facility.

UPDATE: Stuart Fillingham said (on 5 Jun 2020) This week Triumph motorcycles announced that to mitigate financial problems they are making 400 of their 2500 workers redundant. They are placing the blame on the pandemic but the route of the problem may run much deeper!

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