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Old 02-18-2015, 06:41 AM   #1
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Royal Enfields to be made in Britain again

Indianbased firm to open Leicestershire factory by end of 2015

ROYAL Enfield is to open a new factory in Leicestershire as part of plans to meet rising global demand for its originally British-made bikes.

The Indian-based company aims to spend 5bn Indian rupees (£52m) on expansion plans, including a new factory in the UK by the end of 2015.

A second new factory is to open in Chennai, southern India, by the middle of 2016.

The marque has its origins in Britain, with motorcycles produced in England from 1901 until 1970, including the Bullet, derivatives of which are still made under licence in India.

The marque lays claims to being the world's oldest continuously manufactured motorcycle brand.

Royal Enfield Chief Executive Siddhartha Lal said: ‘Royal Enfield will be investing Ride Smart 500 crore in 2015 towards product development, capex and other development areas.

‘With a view to become the leader in the global mid-sized motorcycling, Royal Enfield will build two new technology centers.’

Visordown revealed last week the firm had trademarked the name ‘Himalayan’ amid rumours a new adventure model is on the way.
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