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Japanese automaker Mazda has recently opened up a new plant in the Chonburi province of Thailand. The Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Plant (MPMT) will now commence production of engines, as the Japanese automaker recently held a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of production.

Already being supplied with SkyActiv-D 1.5 litre diesel engines for the Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D model, the plant is able to produce 30,000 engines per year. According to Mazda, the plant is the second phase in response to the Thai government’s eco-car programme.

“Thailand is our most important production location outside Japan; our first overseas base capable of comprehensive vehicle manufacture, including engine and transmission production as well as vehicle assembly,” Kiyotaka Shobuda, managing executive officer of Mazda said.

Aside from engines, Mazda also manufactures automatic transmissions at the same facility, next to its other plant in Hofu, Japan. It is the brand’s fourth SkyActiv engine production base after its Hiroshima plant, Changan Ford Mazda Engine plant in China and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation plant in Mexico.