Mazda conducted a commemorative ceremony for the launching of engine mass production at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT), Mazda’s powertrain production base in Thailand, on October 26, 2015.
About 400 people attended the ceremony to celebrate the start of engine mass production, including MPMT President and CEO Hidenori Kawakami and Mazda’s Managing Executive Officers Kiyotaka Shobuda and Kazuhisa Fujikawa.
The engine plant at MPMT was established to correspond with the second phase of Thai’s Eco-Car program, which applies preferential taxation to fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles. It is the fourth production base for SkyActiv engines, following the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. in China, and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico.
MPMT can produce approximately 30,000 units per year. As of now, SKYACTIV-D 1.5 diesel engines produced at MPMT are supplied to Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Mazda’s vehicle production facility in Thailand, and are to be equipped in the Mazda2.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)