Mazda opens new plant in Salamanca, Mexico: New plant will create Mazda2, Mazda3

New plant will construct Mazda2, Mazda3

By: Hans Greimel, Automotive News on 2/28/2014

Mazda Motor Corp. chairman Takashi Yamanouchi opened the company’;s new little-automobile assembly plant in Mexico today, calling it the company’;s “most important global strategic base.”

The factory, which will produce up to 230,000 autos every single year, is a cornerstone of the structural reform plan “upon which the really future of organization hinges,” Yamanouchi mentioned in remarks ready for the opening ceremony.

“Mazda’;s Structural Reform Program, on which the quite long term of the organization hinges, positions this plant as our most essential worldwide strategic base,” Yamanouchi stated of the factory, which is about 3 hours northwest of Mexico City in Guanajuato State.

The Mexico plant is the carmaker’;s only North American assembly site. It also marks the initial time Mazda has gone solo, without an automotive companion, for an overseas factory considering that it constructed a plant in Flat Rock, Mich., nearly 3 decades ago. Ford later on joined Mazda as a partner at Flat Rock, but Mazda ceased manufacturing there in 2012.

The plant began making Mazda3s on Jan. 6 with 3,000 staff. Annual capability is at first targeted at 140,000 units, and it will hit 230,000 units in the fiscal 12 months, ending March 31, 2016.

Yamanouchi mentioned that right after the plant reaches total production, about thirty % of the Mazda cars sold in the United States will be sourced from North America, in contrast with nearly none these days.

The plant is anticipated to employ 4,600 men and women at complete capacity and add production of the Mazda2 hatchback and a Mazda2 derivative for Toyota Motor Corp. Mazda strategies to allocate 50,000 units for Toyota.

Mazda will get started operations at an engine machining plant on the web site in October.

“Mazda’;s Mexico plant ‘most important’; base, chairman says” appeared in Automotive News on 2/27/14.

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