MPMTThailand ­– Located in Chonburi province, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT) has been producing SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmissions – also made at Hofu in Japan – since January this year. The official opening ceremony occurred on August 7.

The plant has the capacity to make 400,000 units per year to supply Mazda’s factories in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico and China. Pilot production of the SkyActiv-D 1.5-litre diesel engine is now underway, ahead of a mass-production launch in the last quarter of 2015.

“With the start of operations at MPMT, Thailand becomes the first production base outside Japan where Mazda is able to conduct comprehensive vehicle manufacture, including production of engines and transmissions and vehicle assembly,” said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda's representative director, president and CEO.