Runner starts exporting motorbikes to Nepal

Runner Automobiles Ltd has started exporting its motorbikes to Nepal, the first by any company in Bangladesh, diversifying the country's export basket. A programme was organised on the factory premises of the automobile company in Bhaluka, Mymensingh to mark the shipment of 200 motorbikes to the Himalayan country.

At the function, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Bangladesh has started a glorious journey towards industrialisation by stepping into the global market through the exports. Runner Automobiles Chairman Hafizur Rahman Khan, Vice-Chairman Md Mozammel Hossain, Managing Director Mukesh Sharma, Nepal's Matrix MotoCorp Chairman Dilip Kumar Karma, and Chargé d'affaires of Nepal embassy Dhan Bahadur Oli were present.

Khan said Runner would launch marketing of its high-end US technology-based UM motorcycles this year. Runner started importing bikes in 2000. But within a few years it began to assemble parts in its own plant in Bhaluka. In 2007, Runner went for manufacturing motorbikes, the first time by any local company. In 2011, Runner secured government approval as a full-fledged motorcycle manufacturer, said Wahid Murad, assistant general manager for media relations of Runner Group.