Wednesday, October 17, 2007, posted by Auto Rider at 10:17 PM

The planned assembly facility will be built at AutoAlliance Thailand, a joint venture between the two automakers. Today, a pickup truck assembly plant is already operational and is now producing large vehicles at the said joint venture in Thailand. The car assembly plant will be built on the same site as the existing facility.

According to Mazda's newsletter, the car assembly plant will maximize manufacturing efficiency and flexibility by integrating a production line from stamping to the final assembly. Aside from that streamlining of the production process, the car assembly plant will be using Mazda's Three Layer Wet Paint System.

The Three Layer Wet Paint System will be used not only in painting the cars assembled but also in finished pickup trucks. Apart from its space-saving attribute, the said system also reduces the amount of VOC and carbon dioxide emitted during the painting process and at the same time improves paint quality.

"The construction of the new passenger car plant at AAT is one of the major strategic moves we are making to raise global retail sales to 1.6 million units under our mid-term Mazda Advancement Plan," said Imaki.

"The AAT plant is an outstanding symbol of our deepening synergies with Ford. Mazda will make maximum use of the new passenger car plant to enhance our product lineup in Thailand and for other export markets. In line with the new plant construction, we expect even greater direct and indirect contributions to the Thai economy," said Imaki.

Today, the pickup truck assembly facility at AutoAlliance Thailand produces 175,000 units annually. Upon completion of the car assembly facility, the AAT's annual production capacity will reach 265,000 units per year. That number includes complete knockdown kits.

The expansion of AAT will help not only Ford and Mazda but also the economy of Thailand. The AutoAlliance purchases about 90 percent from a Thai-based auto parts manufacturer. With the new car assembly facility in place in the near future, more components will be bought from Thai auto components producer. This means that new jobs will be created not only in the car assembly plant but also on the auto parts manufacturing sector. It is anticipated that 2,000 new jobs will be created with the car assembly facility. This is apart from the thousands of new jobs that will be created in related industries.

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