On August 30, Mazda announced that it aimed to boost production at its Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (MPMT) facility in Thailand to 100,000 engines per year by the first half of 2018 and establishing a new machining shop that can produce engines at that scale.
MPMT’s engine assembly plant began operations in October, 2015. With a capacity of 30,000 engines per year, it builds the Skyactiv-D 1.5 and Skyactiv-G 1.3 engines there. The engines built there are sent to its Auto Alliance Thailand car assembly plant for use in the Mazda 2 (Demio in Japan).
Mazda is investing 22100000000 yen in the improvements with the aim of expanding its Thai operations so that it can produce its cars, engines and transmission there. It also plans to add the Skyactiv-G 2.0 for export to ASEAN countries Malaysia and Vietnam.
(Translated by Greg Scott)