Mazda opens machining factory in Thailand

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Japanese OEM Mazda has opened a new engine machining factory at its powertrain plant in Thailand’s Chonburi Province. The US$198m development will increase engine production capacity in Thailand from 30,000 to 100,000 units per year.

“Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT) plays an essential role in Mazda’s comprehensive vehicle production system in Thailand,” said Masamichi Kogai, CEO at Mazda.

“Strengthening our production framework for engines, the most fundamental vehicle component of all, will help us to get our cars to customers without delay. Moving forward, we will continue our focus on high-quality vehicle production.”

The investment will enhance the OEM’s engine, transmission and complete vehicle manufacturing system in Thailand, as well as aid the production of the Skyactiv-G 2.0, an engine that will be supplied by manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam as well as Thailand.

“MPMT’s steady growth since its establishment through to today is largely thanks to the generous assistance we’ve received from various parties,” added Mitsunobu Mukaida, CEO at MPMT. “We will contribute to the growth of manufacturing in Thailand by working with the local community to build high-quality cars and helping to nurture the next generation of industry leaders.”

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