mazda malaysia plant

Mazda Malaysia is set to increase its rate of local assembly operations with the acquisition of a Mazda-exclusive body shop from Inokom at its Kulim plant in Kedah. The body shop began operating in April this year.

In an announcement, the company said acquiring ownership of the facility will allow it to respond to production plan changes and implement quality control measures quickly and flexibly. The purchase process has begun and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Mazda has also begun construction of a new vehicle assembly facility, to be located on the same grounds as the body shop. Operations are expected to commence in the spring of 2014, and production of the Mazda CX-5, which is currently assembled at Inokom’s factory, will then be moved to the new facility.

Currently, the Mazda3 and the CX-5 – of which the CKD prices were revealed yesterday – are being assembled locally for the Malaysian market, with plans to produce 3,000 units of each model annually. The automaker is set to invest approximately RM100 million for these projects, and is aiming to increase its local production to around 20,000 units per year in the future.