JAKARTA, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha claimed Thursday its market share in Indonesia rose to 41 percent in September 2007 from 28 percent in the same period last year.
Local branch PT Yamaha Motor Kencana Indonesia sold around 1.5 million motorcycles in Indonesia in the nine months this year, ranking the second after Honda, said marketing manager Bambang Asmara Budi.
In monthly sales, Yamaha even managed to surpass Honda in March, June and July, an achievement it never held in all previous years.
"In September, we were forced to deliver 190,000 motorcycles although our production capacity stands at only 160,000 units per month. We had to clean our stocks," said Bambang.
As a result, its local dealerships and warehouses are short of supplies.
Customers must wait up to three months to get Yamaha motorcycles.
"This is the first year that we have to handle indentation."
Bambang said the company would increase production capacity to between 200,000 and 300,000 units per month to meet the rapidly growing demands, as well as prevent customers from turning to rivals.