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Mazda opens engine machining factory at Thai powertrain facility

ABR Staff Writer Published 19 January 2018

Mazda has inaugurated a new engine machining factory at Thailand powertrain plant, increasing engine production capacity in the country to 100,000 units per year.

The powertrain plant is located in Thailand’s Chonburi Province, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Mazda has invested a further JPY22.1bn ($200m) to set up the machining factory and increase the capacity of the existing engine assembly line.

The company seeks to improve its production system in Thailand for engines, transmissions and complete vehicles.

Going forward, the plant will begin production of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, an engine that will be supplied to manufacturing plants in Malaysia and Vietnam as well as Thailand.

Mazda representative director, president and CEO Masamichi Kogai said: “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. Moving forward, we will continue our focus on high-quality vehicle production, and work to deliver cars that add color to their owners’ lives while contributing to the development of Thailand’s automotive industry at the same time.”

MPMT was established in 2013. In January 2015, it began production of SKYACTIV-Drive. By October 2015, the company started producing SKYACTIV-D 1.5, while in January 2016, it started producing SKYACTIV-G 1.3.

Image:  Entrance to the engine plant at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand). Photo: Courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation.