Mazda MPMT powertrain plant

Mazda has announced that it will invest 22.1 billion yen (about RM876 million) to increase the annual production capacity of its engine assembly plant at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT) in Chomburi, Thailand, to 100,000 units in the first half of 2018.

According to Mazda, the annual production capacity of MPMT’s engine assembly plant, which began full-scale production in October 2015, is 30,000 units annually. The plant currently manufactures the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel and 1.3 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engines, both of which are shipped to Auto Alliance (Thailand) for use in the Mazda 2.

Additionally, the company also revealed that it plans to construct a new engine machining factory with production capacity similar to that of the engine assembly plant. This will allow for a more comprehensive production in Thailand that includes vehicle bodies, engines and transmissions.

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The 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G will be added to the list of engines the plant will produce, allowing for export of engines to vehicle production sites in the ASEAN countries of Malaysia and Vietnam to begin. In Malaysia, both the Mazda 3 and CX-5 are currently CKD models, and will likely be fitted with the Thai-made 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engines in the future.

“Enhancing Mazda’s comprehensive production system in Thailand is a key initiative in our effort to strengthen global production,” said Masatoshi Maruyama, Mazda’s managing executive officer in charge of Global Production.

“By increasing production capacity and starting up the new engine machining factory as scheduled with quality assured, Mazda intends to further develop MPMT as its first overseas hub for engine export, thereby improving our global production efficiency and contributing to the development of Thailand’s automotive industry,” he added.