Royal Enfield Opened a Third Factory on Surging Demand

The world’s oldest motorcycle company is seeing significant growth—in India.

byEric Brandt|
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Motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has gotten close enough to its maximum production capacity to necessitate a brand new factory, according to Located in India, this 50-acre plant will produce as many as 300,000 bikes per year. This boosts its expected total production up to 825,000 units a year compared to last year’s 667,135 units.

Founded in 1893, Royal Enfield is the oldest motorcycle company on the planet. Produced since 1932, the single-cylinder Royal Enfield Bullet is the longest running model in motorcycle history. In terms of name longevity, it’s kind of like the Chevy Suburban of motorcycles. The rest of the Royal Enfield lineup consists of mostly middleweight bikes, all of which have single-cylinder engines. Royal Enfield motorcycles are famous for their distinct British character...and sometimes the mechanical headaches that come with that.

Construction of the new facility started 15 months ago and it’s already ready for action. The bikes that will come out of the new factory will mostly be for its local Indian market. India is where Royal Enfield has seen a good chunk of their 55 percent growth over the past six years. They might not be so hot in the States, but the motorcycle market in India is exploding.