Mazda boosts production at Thai plantPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 31 August 2016
MAZDA HQ has decided to increase the annual production capacity of the engine assembly plant at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT) in Chonburi, Thailand, to 100,000 units in the first half of 2018.
The company also announced a plan to construct a new engine machining factory with production capacity similar to that of the engine assembly plant.
The annual production capacity of MPMT’s engine assembly plant, which began full-scale production in October 2015, is 30,000 units.
The plant produces SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engines, which are shipped to Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. for use in the Mazda2 (known as Mazda Demio in Japan).
Mazda will also construct a new engine machining plant to enhance its system for comprehensive production in Thailand that includes vehicle bodies, engines and transmissions.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 will be added to the engines produced, and the export of engines to vehicle production sites in the ASEAN countries of Malaysia and Vietnam will begin.