Mazda
has some good news for a Thailand auto industry rebounding from floods that crippled production less than three years ago. The automaker will build a 26 billion yen ($286 million) factory in the country's Chonburi Province that will be used strictly to build Mazda's SkyActiv transmissions.

The plant, which will be located about three miles north of the Mazda-partnered AutoAlliance factory, will employ about 500 people and will start churning out the transmissions by September 2015, with a capacity of 400,000 units a year.

Mazda has largely eschewed electric-drive technology in favor of its SkyActiv system as a way to meet stricter fuel-economy standards both in the US and abroad. SkyActiv gets its fuel-economy gains from advancements such as a higher compression ratio, lighter engine block and improved engine timing, among other things. Read Mazda's press release below.

Thailand is home to the world's 12th largest auto industry and was devastated by a 2011 flood that killed more than 800 people. Toyota and Honda each owned factories in the country that were damaged but reopened by the middle of 2012.
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Mazda to Build Transmission Plant in Thailand

Hiroshima, Japan, 30 January 2013. 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.
Company Overview
Company name
Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT)
Location
Chonburi Province, Thailand
Total investment
Approximately 26 billion yen
Investment ratio
100% Mazda
Business outline
Production and sales of transmissions for Mazda vehicles
Number of employees
Approximately 500
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      ElectricAvenue
      • 4 Months Ago
      2 wheeled menace said: " global warming scaremongers, however there is no way to quantify it" and "scientifically proving". First off, no one who understands the process of science talks about "scientifically proving" anything. It's about theories which fit observed events, better than any other theory. If a better theory comes along, it's adopted. Now, the theory that the net influx of energy to the planet has changed as a result of human activity is supported by vast reams of evidence, and fits accepted theories (e.g. how certain gases behave) and observations (e.g. mean global temperature). You want to see quantification of the effects? Read the scientific literature. There's been a lot of effort put into trying to quantify the likely effects, based on the best theories and observations available. To try to waive all of this away by simply disagreeing with the experts and calling them "scaremongers" is the height of arrogance.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      " During the three decades from 1980 to 2011, the number of violent storms, floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires, as tabulated by the reinsurance company Munich Re, has increased more than three-fold. They also estimate that the financial losses follow a trend line that has gone from $40 billion to $170 billion dollars per year." Go try to buy some private flood insurance for a coastal property. The insurance companies are the ones with "skin in the game". And they've largely gotten out of the game because it is losing proposition.
      Marcopolo
      • 4 Months Ago
      @ 2 wheeled menace " Experts used to tell people that the world was flat ". Actually, your analogy is more accurate than you suppose. No-one in ancient times or even the middle ages thought the world was flat ! This historical urban myth was made up in the late 19th century and became widely accepted as historical truth. You are correct when you say, "The people who have educated the public on global warming are not experts on the subject, but often activist groups, progressive sites, and politicians speaking for scientists but not very often is it the actual scientist speaking." Even more presumptuous are individuals with unrelated science disciplines who have become "Climate Change Scientist's" , by virtue of heading some newly created department or committee. Spec's seemingly reasonable example of why you are in error, doesn't stand deeper analysis. Insurance figures relate to property losses. The explanation for such a rise could just as easily be explained by the unprecedented boom in coastal property development in recent years. The unpredictability of storms also creates a false impression. A storm hitting an unpopulated area creates little damage, and is forgotten etc. Confusing the natural vagaries of weather phenomenon, as evidence of Climate Change is not science.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 4 Months Ago
      That's what we're told by global warming scaremongers, however there is no way to quantify it, and i think scientifically proving that claim would be rather difficult to do, if not impossible. Historical record is not showing a notable upswing. People yelled about global warming as new york was being drenched but there have been far far worse and more frequent events during the 1900's-1950's. New Orleans... well, i heard there was a bit of a dam construction and management problem going on there. Isn't a good part of the city below sea level? that's kind of a problem! Thailand? long history of flooding. That place is prone to it.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      There is something ironic about building internal combustion engines in a place that was flooded with a flood that was likely partially due to climate change. Kinda like the fact that we are all excited about the polar ice cap melting such that it will be easier to drill for oil there now. We shall reap what we sow.
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Spec
        It is not really quantifiable per particular event. Global Climate change simply predicts an increased number of occurances and severity. So this particular flood MIGHT still have happened if the industrial revolution never happened... but may have a slightly less probability of occurring, and may have been less severe.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Ha. Floods happen all the time, on almost every part of the planet.. How could you reasonably attribute global warming to a flood? do natural floods and global warming floods look any different from each other?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 4 Months Ago
      "the theory that the net influx of energy to the planet has changed as a result of human activity is supported by vast reams of evidence" No duh, did i ever dispute that? Go read some scientific literature? what kind of answer is that to a question? That would be like if you asked me about how a lithium battery in a car, i told you to read about metallurgy, chemistry, and atomic physics before you could understand it ( rather than finding out a way to explain it that did not necessitate a lifetime of teaching you everything first ) Let me clarify this: can you point me in the direction of a legitimate information source that works to prove the 'global warming makes more storms/drought/rain/etc'? I heard that claim a long time ago, not from a scientific source but from a left wing blog, and it has been echoed many times, yet i have never seen the explanation of how that works. The people who have educated the public on global warming are not experts on the subject, but often activist groups, progressive sites, and politicians speaking for scientists but not very often is it the actual scientist speaking. Experts used to tell people that the world was flat and spontaneous generation was how things came about, for thousands and thousands of years. Climate is very complex and there are a lot of misunderstandings about it, many which are propagated by non-scientific sources. Allright allright, ignore me and downrate.
      Howard S
      • 4 Months Ago
      higher compression ratio, lighter engine block and improved engine timing = VTEC from the 90's...
      EZEE
      • 4 Months Ago
      I like how what other companies may call, 'lighter weight' and 'higher compression' is called, 'skyactiv' Years back a friend was looking at a car that said, 'turbo' then he saw 'intercooled.' He says, oh, good. You have to have that. So I ask, 'just what is an intercooler, anyway?' Blank stare... I thought so. I imagine the same is true of skyactiv. 'Oh good, skyactiv.'
      Giza Plateau
      • 4 Months Ago
      Fitting name. Actively damaging the sky.
        car6
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        all of the cars with this technology offer best economy in their respective classes - how is it damaging sky ?
        paulwesterberg
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Passively Damaging the sky is a thing of the past!
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      " The explanation for such a rise could just as easily be explained by the unprecedented boom in coastal property development in recent years." No, that does not explain why the rates for an individual property have gone up sharply or, more likely, are just no longer offered.
      Actionable Mango
      • 4 Months Ago
      To everyone slamming Mazda, keep in mind they are a minor player in the automotive landscape. Their R&D budget is super tiny compared to Toyota, Honda, GM, and the other major players. Even those major players are struggling to finance EVs and make them pay off. They can afford to sink billions into EV technology with payoff many years away. Mazda simply cannot do that. SkyActive is a collection of small changes, that they can afford to make, that moves the fleet from MPG in the 20's to MPG in the 30's. A lot their tech comes from partnerships and licensing. When EV technology is more affordable, they will probably license it. They might come up with their own EV tech, a long, LONG time from now when the market is much more mature.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Months Ago
      SkyActive is a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. YOu can squeeze only so much efficiency out of the ICE. Hybrid mpg will always surpass a regular ICE engine. Mazda is losing precious time fooling around with SkyActive while everyone is playing catch-up with the Prius. At this rate Mazda will lose the farm.
        car6
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Mazda's 1.3l sky G engine offers better fuel economy than Prius , all without all the extra cost / weight/ and bicycle wide tires :) Live your dream of hybrid and it's marketing illusion , at the same current modern non hybrid technologies are less expensive and far more economical in 5-10 years of operation, not to mention words outside of Toyota's vocabulary fun to drive :)
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