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GM opens new diesel engine plant in Rayong, Thailand

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 September 2011

General Motors (GM) has opened a new $200m diesel engine plant in Rayong, Thailand, which is the US auto maker's first such plant in Southeast Asia.

The auto maker said that the new 54,275 sq m facility will produce the latest series of Duramax four-cylinder diesel engines.

The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 120,000 engines for use in vehicles built in Thailand and other global markets.

The company said that it will source $94m worth of Thai-built components for engine production at its Rayong facility by next year.

The first output from the facility will be installed in the new Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck to be produced at the company's automobile manufacturing plant in Rayong.

The opening of the facility comes a month after the company announced that it will invest $150m in the reactivation of its Bekasi manufacturing facility in Indonesia.

GM Southeast Asia president Martin Apfel said the company is committed to growing its footprint and business throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia.

"Our engine plant will enable us to deliver on our promise of bringing cleaner, more efficient and higher-performance diesel engine technology to our customers," Apfel said.

"Producing engines locally strengthens our commitment to the development of a strong Thai automotive industry, which can help guide the growth of the entire Southeast Asian region. It is also a sign of the excellent talent in the local industry and our faith in their capability."

The new powertrain facility, which will employ 500 workers by year-end, will produce both 2.5- and 2.8-litre Duramax engines.