Sharpened plant efficiency set to see Perodua make Q4 2023 its best ever; on track for 314k units sold this year
Sanjay · Oct 27, 2023 01:00 AM
Perodua is set to make the fourth quarter of this year (Q4 2023) its best ever, and the Rawang outfit is well on track to hit its 314,000 unit sales target this year – and an improved production efficiency is the major step they've taken to see it through.
Advancements in its plants have seen the carmaker post 18.6 percent sales increase year-to-date in September 2023, which currently stands at 233,227 units. Rather unsurprisingly this comes off the back of a 18.7 percent improvement in manufacturing – it has made 91,528 cars in Q3 2023, compared to 75,196 this time last year.
A large part of that comes from ramping up the manufacturing at its Perodua Global Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (PGMSB) plant; the one that makes two of its current sales leaders, the Bezza and Axia, alongside the Ativa.
Speaking to media at the sidelines of the Japan Mobility Show (JMS 2023), Perodua Vice-President Datuk Ahmad Suhaimi Hashim said that PGMSB has boosted its capabilities three times in this year alone.
“Through the years, particularly this year, we have actually increased the speed of the line three times. Now we are running the line at 1.1 takt [minutes]. At maximum our speed will be 1.0 [minutes],” he said. All the more impressive when this the operations are running as is, without any further investments.
Takt here refers to takt time: in other words the production rate between the completion of one unit and the beginning of the next. Put it simply, the shorter the takt time, the more cars can be produced in any given working period.
“Over a month, the plant produces an average of 30,000 units [across all models], and the Bezza is actually the highest produced [among] all other models made,” he continued.
Hence, with these improvements, the company said in a recent statement that its production and sales outlook for the fourth quarter of 2024 would be at its highest in the company’s history. To recap, Perodua aims to produce 330,000 cars, and selling 314,000 of them this year.
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