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Mazda has announced further expansion plans for its manufacturing operations in Thailand – the automaker will be building an engine plant in Chonburi province, where its new Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand transmission facility will be located.

The new factory will be constructed on an adjacent site, and will enable comprehensive local production of SkyActiv models in Thailand. Operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 when the plant begins assembling the 105 hp SkyActiv-D 1.5 clean diesel engine for the Mazda 2 sold in the Thai market.

The fourth-generation DJ will be sold in both hatch and sedan forms. Thai production of the hatch began in September; the sedan, meanwhile, is expected to make its official debut later this month.

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The Thai engine plant will begin with an engine assembly facility offering a production capacity of 30,000 units per year. Mazda says future plans will see the increase production capacity as well as the construction of an engine machining facility in order to meet the requirements of the second phase of the Thai government’s eco-car programme.

When it is completed, the Thai plant will become the automaker’s fourth production facility producing SkyActiv engines – the others are the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, Changan Ford Mazda Engine in China and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico. Expanding the company’s global production footprint is one of the initiatives of Mazda’s Structural Reform Plan.