Sep 21, 2004


Suzuki GB's new 15,400 sq m national parts, training and technical centre at Milton Keynes was the focus for a visit by Suzuki Motor Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Osamu Suzuki, last month.

The new facility will also be the UK base for the storage and distribution of Suzuki motorcycles and marine products. It is being built on a ‘green field’ site recently purchased by Suzuki and will open in the latter part of 2005. More than £12 million is being invested in the project where construction is now well underway.

The administrative headquarters of Suzuki in the UK, which includes the Automobile, Motorcycle and Marine Sales and Marketing Departments, General Management, Finance and IT, will remain in Crawley, West Sussex, where the company has been based for the past 22 years, and will be located at the Company’s Gatwick Road building until 2007 when the current 25 year lease expires. After that date these departments will move to new premises in the area.

During his visit Mr Suzuki reviewed the progress of construction of the building, hosted a luncheon for the Mayor of Milton Keynes and other community leaders and visited one of Suzuki's locally based Automobile Dealers in Leighton Buzzard.

Whilst on site, with the help of The Mayor, he planted a flowering cherry tree to commemorate commencement of construction and Suzuki's involvement in Milton Keynes.

Accompanying Mr Suzuki on his visit were Mr Hirotaka Ono, Director of Overseas Marketing, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Mr Hideki Awano, Managing Director of 
Suzuki GB.

Since Osamu Suzuki was appointed to lead Suzuki 26 years ago in 1978 the Corporation has grown dramatically and established a globally recognised reputation for manufacturing excellent, value-for-money products that are reliable, well built and environmentally friendly.

In these 26 years more than 33 million Suzuki vehicles and 41 million motorcycles have been sold by the Corporation with more than 18 million and almost 34 million, respectively, exported.

Numerous manufacturing and distribution facilities have been established globally outside Japan – most notably in India, Canada, Hungary and China – and the Corporation’s products are now sold in more than 200 markets, worldwide.