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Mazda has announced that it has officially opened its Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT) plant, marking the occasion with a ceremony. The facility, which is located in Chonburi province in the Kingdom, is the automaker’s first transmission plant outside Japan.

In January this year, the facility began production of the company’s new SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmissions, which are also made at the Hofu Plant in Japan. Production capacity at MPMT is 400,000 units per year, and the transmissions made at the plant are set to be supplied to the automaker’s vehicle production facilities in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico and China.

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Pilot production of the SkyActiv-D 1.5 litre diesel engine has already begun at the engine plant at MPMT, which is due to begin mass production in the last quarter of 2015 when the plant begins assembling the 105 hp oil burner for the Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D sold in the Thai market. The Thai engine plant will initially offer a production capacity of 30,000 units per year.

The company says that the start of series engine production will mark the completion of a comprehensive framework for the production of SkyActiv models in Thailand, covering the manufacture of engines, transmissions as well as vehicle assembly.

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