Harley to build factory in Thailand
BANGKOK: Harley-Davidson, the iconic motorcycle brand hailed by United States President Donald Trump for keeping jobs in America, is building a plant in Thailand, the company confirmed yesterday, as it seeks new buyers in Asia and lower tariffs.
The factory — only the third Harley has built outside the US — highlights the irresistible draw of overseas plants for US manufacturers, particularly as the Trump administration castigates regional free-trade agreements.
“We are expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific market by building an assembly facility in the Rayong Province in Thailand,” said Harley-Davidson spokesman Katie Whitmore.
The move comes after American bike brands are dealt a blow by Trump’s decision to pull out of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which would have abolished