The Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing plant in the Chonburi prefecture of Thailand has begun the mass production of Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions. This comes less than two years after the Japanese carmaker announced that it had invested over 26 billion yen (P10.47 billion) for its construction during the Mazda Skyactiv Forum which the carmaker held in Bangkok for ASEAN motoring journalists in May 2013.
According to Mazda, the plant’s annual production capacity is around 400,000 units. In combination with a similar plant in Hofu, Japan, this brings the carmaker’s total annual transmission production capacity to 1.54 million units globally. Mazda added that the Thailand plant will produce transmission units for the all-new 2, the 3 and the CX-5.
"We've made great efforts to ensure the manufacture of high-quality units at MPMT, including sending more than 30 engineers and managers to Mazda's plants in Hiroshima and Hofu," said Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand president and chief executive Hidenori Kawakami. "Start of mass production here means that Mazda has succeeded in establishing a global production structure capable of supplying Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions of the same high quality of those we make in Japan. Moving forward, Mazda will continue to nurture the people who will support and lead the future of the automotive industry in Thailand and work hand in hand with the people of this country to make a contribution to the further development of the Thai economy."