Triumph’s been making motorcycles in Thailand for years, but according to a report in Sump Magazine, the plan is to now build almost all its line outside the UK.
To some, this will come as a bit of a surprise, but it shouldn’t. Despite a generous plastering of Union Jack motifs, Triumph’s actually been building an increasingly larger chunk of its lineup in Thailand since the early 2000s. At this point, only the Tiger 1200 and Speed Triple are made in the UK, supposedly, and they’ll be moved to the Chonburi plant, says the BMF. Ducati’s been doing the same with its lower-priced Scrambler models, and of course Honda and Kawasaki are both building scads of bikes in Thailand as well. Just about every bike marque has some sort of manufacturing going on in Asia, and most of them are sourcing lots of parts and materials from Asia as well.
But, those other OEMs are also building a significant volume of their higher-end bikes in their companies’ home countries. Triumph is reportedly only planning to keep production of its TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) models in the UK, amounting to 4,500-6,500 machines a year.
Triumph is supposed to be laying off around 50 workers as part of the move to Thailand. However, there’s supposed to also be an increase in Triumph’s UK R&D program, as the company moves into the small-bike market and also into electric motorcycles. This should balance out some of the employment loss.