Harley-Davidson plans assembly unit for motorcycles in Harayana

Harley-Davidson Inc, the maker of heavy-duty, high-end motorcycles, is planning to set up an assembly unit in Haryana to cater to the Indian market.

The Milwaukee, US-based company will import US-made component kits of select models of the bike for assembling at its facility near Bawal in Haryana, but will continue to import most of the models.

Harley-Davidson India, which commenced operations in August 2009, currently offers 12 models in India.

The company did not specify the production capacity or the planned investment in the facility.

Harley-Davidson, which is currently expanding its dealer network, expects to start the assembly facility by the first half of 2011.

"We are building a strong foundation for our business in India, first by establishing a world-class dealer network, and now by commencing CKD assembly operations," Harley-Davidson India managing director Anoop Prakash said.