Mazda Motor Corporation, Hiroshima, Japan, has opened a new engine machining facility at its powertrain plant in Thailand’s Chonburi Province, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd (MPMT).
Mazda has invested an additional 22.1 billion yen (US $202 million) to establish the machining factory and increase the capacity of its existing engine assembly line at the Thai site. It was reported that engine production capacity at MPMT will rise from 30,000 to 100,000 units per year.
The plant will begin production of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, an engine that will be supplied to manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam as well as Thailand.
“Congratulations on the opening of MPMT’s engine machining factory,” stated Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai, at the opening ceremony for the facility. “I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for the support we’ve received from the government, our suppliers and other parties. 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.”
“We are delighted to open this new engine machining factory,” added MPMT President and CEO Mitsunobu Mukaida. “MPMT’s steady growth since its establishment through to today is largely thanks to the generous assistance we’ve received from various parties. Let me express my sincere gratitude to all concerned. I hope that the engines we make here at MPMT together with our suppliers will go into cars that become an indispensable part of the customer’s life. We will contribute to the growth of manufacturing in Thailand by working with the local community to build high-quality cars and helping to nurture the next generation of industry leaders.”