For the first time in the Philippine motorcycle industry, big bikes will finally roll out of the KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI) factory line.
Since the 790 Duke global launch in early 2019, the local motorcycle community has been abuzz with rumors and clamor for big bikes to be locally-made – with the anticipation of making it affordable and accessible to Filipino riders seeking for their next upgrade.
With this, KTM Philippines has announced that finally, with the start of the 790 CKD Family line, KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI) will assemble 800 cc parallel twin platform motorcycles at its state-of-the-art factory in Laguna.
“It’s the ultimate dream for KTM Philippines to build world-class motorcycles. After only three years of KAMMI operation, our factory will produce the 790 CKD Family line (790 Duke, 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure) for the domestic and the ASEAN markets,” the company said in a statement.
“Like many, our business was not spared by the pandemic crisis, but fortunately our export demands continue to keep us moving forward. Today, the export markets contributes around 80% of the factory output. This gives us pride that the Filipino is building motorcycles for Asia,” it added.
“On the local front, this industry breakthrough makes our motorcycles priced more competitively – and more Filipinos can now be proud owners of KTM in the country. Owning a KTM would also mean supporting our local automotive industry,” says Dino Santos, President and COO of KAMMI on the announcement of 790 CKD Family line at KTM Philippines FB Page.
“The challenge has always been to prove that the Philippines can be a full manufacturing site that can be the HUB for supplying the needs of the ASEAN region. We are proud to be able to achieve this with KAMMI showcasing the FILIPINO talent in producing WORLD-CLASS motorcycles for supplying the needs of the Asian countries. This is through the successful collaboration of KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc. (KAMMI) and Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI),” shared Art Tan, Group CEO of AC Industrials that houses these two Ayala companies.