As part of its expansion into Asia, and more specifically ASEAN, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has formed KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing – a joint-venture with Adventure Cycle Philippines, owned by industrial giant AC Industrial Technology – to build a plant in the Philippines capable of producing 10,000 motorcycles annually. The plant, located in Laguna, will produce the KTM 200 and 390 Duke naked bikes, as well the full-fairing RC 200 and RC 390 sportsbikes.

It is planned that initial production will be 6,000 units, before the production line is ramped up to reach five-figures at a later stage. The establishment of the plant is to meet demand for KTM motorcycles both in the Philippines and throughout ASEAN, as well as China, which is the world’s biggest motorcycle market.

“It seems like a frequent message from us but the opening of this new plant at Laguna and in the Philippines is another fantastic example of how we are managing to take the KTM brand to new corners of the world and touch fresh markets and riders; it’s a really exciting time of progression for the company,” said KTM chief sales officer Hubert Trunkenpolz.

In Malaysia, KTM motorcycles are assembled at KTM’s first overseas CKD plant in Jitra, Kedah by Eurotech Manufacturer. The plant currently assembles the KTM 250 and 390 Duke, the RC 250 and 390, as well as the dual-purpose KTM Adventure 1050.