Honda is reinforcing its dedication to American industry by announcing it will build the new Acura NSX in Ohio.
Why Ohio? According to Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of American Manufacturing, it’s because of the high quality of workers.
“It’s about people,” Iwata said at Tuesday’s press event. “The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering talent in the world.”
What’s the big deal about building the Acura NSX? “Gov. John Kasich commented that the NSX looks like the kind of car James Bond would drive; the NSX will be exclusive, powerful and sexy, with a price tag to match (exact pricing hasn’t been announced, but those who have to ask, probably can’t afford it).”
With more than 13,700 employees in Ohio, Honda is bolstering its presence and showing consumers that many Honda vehicles are truly ‘made in America.’
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In another example of how Honda is looking forward and blazing the trail of environmentally-friendly auto manufacturing, Honda announced it will install two wind turbines that will supply 10% of the energy for its Russell Point, Ohio plant.
According to this article, “These wind turbines stand at 160 feet tall; the blades will be 160 feet long…They are to generate 10,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power 800 houses.”
The local community has been supportive of Honda’s efforts to lessen the carbon footprint of the plant that employs more about 1,150 people. Honda is one of only five companies to use wind power on this level.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors that will help Honda reduce (carbon) emissions,” Gary Hand, vice president of Honda Transmission.”
Read the complete article about how Honda is reducing its environmental impact HERE.
Honda not only prides itself on innovative vehicles, but also innovative systems. Honda has applied that creativity and eye for environmental-friendliness to its automobile painting system called “Honda Smart Ecological Paint.”
According to this article, “It will reduce the amount of paint materials used, eliminate 40 percent of painting processes, and reduce 40 percent of CO2 emissions compared to traditional painting methods.”
How did Honda achieve something others in the industry have not? By developing a highly-functional material for the base coat that allows it to cut out one step of painting and one step of baking. So instead of being a four-coat, three-bake process like most automakers, Honda will use a three-coat, two-bake process.
Multiply that by the number of cars Honda kicks out and you can see how big of a difference that will make.
“In addition, Honda will also introduce a wall-mounted paint robot system with a built-in quick load, quick wash paint tank. The company said the technology will lead to a significant improvement in painting efficiency and pollution.”