Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the opening of a new engine machining factory at its powertrain plant in Thailand. The new factory is located in Thailand's Chonburi Province, inside the compound of the Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT) plant. It is expected to enhance production system for engines, transmissions and complete vehicles. Specifically, engine production capacity has been raised to 100,000 units per year from 30,000 units. The engines will then be supplied to manufacturing faclities elsewhere in Asia, such as Malaysia and Vietnam.
Present at the new factory's opening is Mazda representative director, president and CEO Masamichi Kogai along with his delegates and officials of MPMT. The automaker has invested an additional 22.1 billion yen inorder to establish the machining factory and improve production of engines.
“MPMT plays an essential role in Mazda’s comprehensive vehicle production system in Thailand. Strengthening our production framework for engines, the most fundamental vehicle component of all, will help us to get our cars to customers without delay,” said Kogai.
Currently MPMT produces Mazda's Skyactiv-Drive, Skyactiv-D 1.3 and Skyactiv-G 1.3 engines, which are then sent to manufacturing facilities elsewhere in Asia and even in Thailand. The plant is also slated to start production of the Skyactiv-G 2.0 soon. It was first established back in February of 2013.