If you’ve ever puzzled what it’s like inside a Yamaha bike manufacturing facility, then at present is your fortunate day. This video offers a brief glimpse into small items of all the various transferring elements that go right into a day at a key Yamaha manufacturing facility in France. There’s no dialogue; as an alternative, you get a form of ambient glimpse at a number of two-wheeled merchandise that Team Blue makes in its Saint-Quentin manufacturing location.
As of the tip of 2021, the Saint-Quentin, France Yamaha manufacturing facility boasts 560 workers. In whole, they made 50,106 motorbikes, 29,760 scooters, and a couple of,062 ATV and SSVs in 2021, on the market in Europe. Current autos that this manufacturing facility is accountable for embody all displacements of XMAX, the MT-125, R125, XSR700, Ténéré 700, and Tracer 7.
Although this video doesn’t cowl it, the manufacturing facility itself has an fascinating historical past. Remember Motobécane? Well, OK, perhaps plenty of us weren’t round when the model nonetheless existed—however for those who’ve spent a lot time trying round at classic bike meets, you could have seen a few of its autos, such because the extraordinarily in style Mobylette moped.
What it’s possible you’ll or might not know is that Yamaha stepped in to rescue MBK Industrie (the eventual identify the corporate had tailored) within the Nineteen Eighties. This led to the corporate turning into a wholly-owned Yamaha subsidiary—and ultimately, a Yamaha European manufacturing facility. It began making small-displacement scooters below each manufacturers, with the Yamaha BW’s and the MBK Booster each produced on the similar time. Fast-forward to 2022, and the manufacturing facility at present manufactures scooters and bikes as much as 700cc.
The video depicts just a little little bit of this and just a little little bit of that from a number of car meeting strains. While there are some robots concerned, they’re primarily doing issues like transporting items between stations. Skilled human employees are nonetheless coaching all their consideration on issues like engine meeting, portray, elements inspection, and most different processes.
Interestingly, the MBK manufacturing facility is ready to manufacture most of its personal elements, because of important investments in its growth and modernization by Yamaha in 2012. It’s even ready to make use of superior cataphoresis strategies to reduce paint consumption whereas portray some objects. While that clearly has advantages for the corporate, it additionally looks as if a optimistic factor by way of decreasing industrial waste within the face of local weather change.