Har­ley to build fac­tory in Thai­land

New Straits Times - - Business -

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

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