The Mazda Motor Corporation will increase total annual engine production capacity from 30,000 to 100,000 units at the existing base of operations in Chonburi Province, Thailand. They’ve also announced plans to build a brand new engine machining plant next to the current transmission plant in Thailand. The road to 100,000 engines a year will begin early 2018 once the new production facility is built.
The existing facility produces the SKYACTIV-D 1.5litre diesel and SKYACTIV-G 1.3 petrol used in the Mazda 2s built nearby, at the Auto Alliance Thailand. A total of 193M Euros is being invested into increasing capacity and the new building to incorporate not only engines and transmissions but also feature manufacture of the car body panels also. Plans are also underway for manufacturing the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G at the new facility ready for export to other vehicle production sites including Malaysia and Vietnam.
How the new Mazda facility will look after the expansion
“Enhancing Mazda’s comprehensive production system in Thailand is a key initiative in our effort to strengthen global production,” said Masatoshi Maruyama, Mazda’s managing executive officer in charge of global production. “By increasing production capacity and starting up the new engine machining factory as scheduled, Mazda intends to further develop MPMT as its first overseas hub for engine exports, thereby improving our global production efficiency and contributing to the development of Thailand’s automotive industry.”