Mazda moves to Thailand
The car manufacturer that has brought us models such as the Mazda MX-3 and the Mazda 6 is going to start production at a new transmission plant in Thailand. As you probably guessed from it being a ‘transmission plant’, it will serve as the new location for Mazda to produce transmissions on a mass scale. One of the leading transmissions that will be being produced is Mazda’s SKYACTIV-Drive which according to Mazda gives the driver both pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance. The plant itself is located in the Chonburi prefecture of Thailand. Mazda hope to dish out around 400,000 units per annum at the Thailand plant, this will raise Mazda all round annual production to capacity to the dizzy heights of 1,540,000 units globally. The transmissions produced in Thailand will be distributed to global production facilities and used in the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 and the Mazda CX-5.
The President and CEO of the new plant, Hidenori Kawakami had this to say: “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. 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.” I am now going to end this article before I myself die of boredom.