Nov. 6 2020 06:37 AM

The division will operate independently beginning October 2021.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Kobe, Japan, determined that its Motorcycle and Engines business unit, Grand Rapids, Michigan, will operate independently as of Oct. 1, 2021. The move will increase flexibility for these categories to respond to market opportunities and innovations.

Kawasaki Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. will have a more efficient concept-to-market process that will provide the division with greater latitude in the overall development timeline. No changes to employee structure or responsibility are expected.

“This move is recognition of KHI’s confidence in the success of our engine business that has steadily grown over the past decade,” says Nelson Wilner, engines division vice president. “It provides us greater autonomy to pursue opportunities that will provide benefits for our entire Kawasaki Engines family – our OEMs, distributors and dealers.”

The division distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial and consumer markets.