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Mazda to increase SKYACTIV transmission production in Japan

ABR Staff Writer Published 02 July 2013

Japanese automaker Mazda is planning to increase the production capacity of SKYACTIV transmissions at its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, in a bid to meet the rising sales of models featuring SKYACTIV technology globally.

Currently, the plant has a production capacity of 750,000 units per year, which would be increased to 1,114,000 units by July 2014.

Work on the expansion of capacity at the plant is scheduled to start by late July 2013, which involves addition of production equipment including multi-function machining centers, with operations expected to begin in July 2014.

The move would also support the Japanese automaker's target of reaching global sales of about 1.7 million vehicles per by March 2016, with 80% of those models featuring SKYACTIV technology.

Mazda also revealed plans to build a new transmission plant in Thailand, which would start operations in the first half of the fiscal year ending March 2016 and will have a capacity to manufacture around 400,000 transmission units.

The SKYACTIV transmission is equipped in Mazda's Axela (Mazda3) in addition to five different models.