Alan Cathcart, freelance motorcycle journalist, motorcycle racer, and founder of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, has become the first journalist to visit Triumph's three factories in Chonburi, Thailand. His article dispels some myths and shines a very interesting light on Triumph's overseas manufacturing operations.
An invitation to become the first journalist ever to be allowed to visit Triumph’s Thai operation resulted in an in-depth two-day behind-closed-doors guided tour of its three separate but neighbouring plants collectively comprising 94,000m² of covered space. These are located in Chonburi, 50mi/80km southeast of downtown Bangkok amidst the low-rise industrial sprawl extending south from the Thai capital, about halfway between it and the vacation resort of Pattaya.
The article explains how Triumph switch their manufacturing between the UK and Thailand, their reasons for going to Thailand in the first place, the extent of the operations there, and the successes they have had with the way they implemented the factories. Read the article... you may be surprised.