SAYAMA, Japan – Honda Motor Co. Ltd. says it has succeeded in greatly reducing “in process” inventory at its engine plant here, which now feeds powerplants to the auto maker’s adjacent car assembly plant in sequence. Sayama builds about 2,000 vehicles per day, including the Honda Accord. Located 12 miles (19 km) west of Tokyo, the engine plant opened in June 2000 as part of a ¥51 billion ($450 million) modernization of Honda’s domestic manufacturing base. Prior to opening ...

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