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.
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.
Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT)
Chonburi Province, Thailand
Approximately 26 billion yen
Production and sales of transmissions for Mazda vehicles
Number of employees
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