Ducati is just the latest OEM to open shop in Thailand. Lower costs, high production quality and more efficient delivery to India, Africa and Europe are fast making Thailand not just an assembler, but also a top manufacturer of streetbikes. The newly released Honda CBR250R is made in Thailand, along with Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R, Ninja 650R and its derivatives, and the KLR650. Triumph is also active in Thailand, currently operating three manufacturing facilities there in addition to its two UK factories. The British firm opened its first Thai factory in 2002 as a lower-cost sourcing base for frames, fuel tanks, engine covers and other major components. A second facility, housing a wet painting facility and assembly line, was opened in ’06, followed by the third in ’07. These three operations now employ more than 800 persons, manufacturing primarily Bonneville twins and 675 triples.