After enhancing the performance of Mazda vehicles with SkyActiv engines, transmission and even chassis, Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC) started work on reducing the impact of their manufacturing plant's paint process on the environment by developing the Aqua-Tech Paint System being used in the Ujina Plant No. 1 in Japan since 2012.

The Aqua-Tech Paint System is the world’s first paint process that has successfully reduced the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions along with CO2 emissions.

Traditional methods of reducing VOC meant that the evaporative drying process unavoidably increased CO2 emissions but Mazda has found a way to efficiently use VOCs without increasing CO2 discharges.

In order to achieve global implementation of the Aqua-Tech Paint System in all Mazda plants, MMC collaborated directly with the Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd. (CMA) in Jiangsu, China in order to maintain Japanese standards.

CMA will be the first plant outside of China to use Mazda’s Aqua-Tech Paint System.

"As an automaker, we have an obligation to not only make high-quality cars, but also reduce our impact on the environment. Our painting technologies, which have helped KODO design gain recognition worldwide, represent Mazda's efforts to meet that obligation. Moving forward, we'll continue to develop innovative technologies at our parent factories in Japan before introducing them at the same high standards overseas. In this way, we'll provide customers around the world with high-quality cars and contribute both to preserving the environment and enriching society," said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Senior Managing Executive Officer.