Harley-Davidson's Thailand plant planned long ago

The Harley-Davidson plant in Thailand that President Trump cited will help the company avoid the country's high tariffs. The motorbike maker says it has no connection with the closure of its Kansas City plant.
US President Donald Trump has accused Harley-Davidson of misleading Americans by saying it was moving production of its Europe-bound bikes overseas in response to new tariffs by the European Union.
US President Donald Trump has accused Harley-Davidson of misleading Americans by saying it was moving production of its Europe-bound bikes overseas in response to new tariffs by the European Union.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

A motorcycle factory being built two hours south-east of Bangkok has become the latest target of United States President Donald Trump's bid to overhaul the rules of global trade.

Construction of Harley-Davidson's plant in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong province started in the middle of last year, and is set to be up and running by the end of this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Harley-Davidson's Thailand plant planned long ago'. Print Edition | Subscribe