Thailand is moving fast to become the new automotive hub in Southeast Asia. It is already the manufacturer number 1 in the Southeast Asian region and the 9th in the world with a production of 2.65 million vehicles in 2016.
Now, famous motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson has decided to build a new plant in the Rayong province, southeast from Bangkok.
This project will allow the company to better serve the Southeast Asian and the Chinese market and is also a strategic move due to the good numbers of the brand in the region. Serving from Thailand will save the company to pay the 60% tariff on imported motorcycles and will also reduce considerably the taxes paid in the neighbor countries. However, the move has been criticized by the U.S. Labor Union and goes strictly against the promises of the American president Donald Trump.