JAPAN: Mazda to build Thai transmission plant
- Production begins in mid-2015, annual capacity approximately 400,000 units
Mazda Motor Corporation will establish a new affiliate company in Thailand - Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) - and construct a transmission plant with an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 units in the Chonburi province of Thailand at a cost of JPY26bn (US$285m).
The automaker said the plant was a response to increasing demand for models with 'Skyactiv' fuel saving technology (CX-5 and redesigned 6 so far) and "to strengthen its global production footprint".
Operations will commence sometime in March to September 2015.
The plant will be located about 5km (3 miles) north of Mazda's joint venture production facility, AutoAlliance (Thailand) (AAT) and will supply automatic transmissions for models produced at AAT and other factories around the world. AAT currently builds the 2, 3 and BT-50 pickup which are exported to Asia and New Zealand and, under a free trade agreement, Australia.
Mazda chairman, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi said: "Mazda is establishing global production footprints in order to achieve our goal of an annual global sales volume of 1.7m units by fiscal year ending March 2016.
The [Hofu plant in Japan] will remain the chief production facility for transmissions but we have decided to establish a second major transmission plant in [Thailand]. This will... establish a production system capable of responding to the changing demands of our customers in a flexible and timely manner."
The new plant is expected to employ 500.
Mazda to Build Transmission Plant in Thailand
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation will construct a transmission plant with an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 units in the Chonburi Province of Thailand representing an investment of 26 billion yen. Mazda has decided to establish the plant in order to respond to increasing demand for models featuring SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and to strengthen its global production footprint. Operations at the new plant will commence in the first half of the fiscal year ending March 2016.
The new transmission plant will be located approximately five kilometers north of Mazda's joint venture production facility, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT) and will supply SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmissions for SKYACTIV models produced at AAT and other Mazda vehicle production facilities around the world.
Mazda's Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi commented, "Mazda is establishing global production footprints in order to achieve our goal of an annual global sales volume of 1.7 million units by fiscal year ending March 2016. The Nakanoseki district of Hofu Plant will remain the chief production facility for transmissions, but we have decided to establish a second major transmission plant in Thailand's Chonburi Province. This will enable Mazda to cope with the rapidly increasing demand for SKYACTIV models and establish a production system capable of responding to the changing demands of our customers in a flexible and timely manner. We will make use of the knowledge and experience gained through AAT to ensure the success of the new plant in cooperation with the people of Thailand."
In accordance with the decision Mazda will establish a new affiliate company in Thailand.
Original source: http://www.mazda.com/publicity/release/2013/201301/130130a.html
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