Ford and Mazda are expanding their partnership in their AutoAlliance Thailand plant by investing an additional $27 million in it "to further upgrade the pickup truck line and increase capacity by another 20,000 units per year."
According to both carmakers, the new investment will include facility upgrades like additional robotic equipment and tooling to help increase the speed and output of its production lines.
"This new investment reinforces Ford's long-term commitment to Thailand as a global production and export hub, and will allow us to meet the extraordinary demand for the all-new Ranger," said Peter Fleet, president of Ford ASEAN.
The projected 20,000 additional units to be produced will reportedly bring the total annual capacity of AutoAlliance Thailand's pickup truck line to 195,000 units, increasing the plant's overall capacity to 295,000 units per year, including the passenger car line. Both Ford and Mazda expect the plant's upgraded equipment to go online sometime this May.
"This additional AAT investment is part of the strategic business partnership between Ford and Mazda," said Yuji Nakamine, senior managing executive director of Mazda. "Additionally, it allows us to continue to meet exceptionally strong demand for our all-new BT-50."
Besides the Ranger and BT-50 pickups, AutoAlliance Thailand also produces the Ford Everest, the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2, and the Mazda 3 not only for the local market but also for the ASEAN and other markets.