Within Mazda’s Salamanca factory

Photograph ESSAY

Mazda’s new Salamanca, Mexico, plant had its official opening on Feb. 27. The factory is the most current in a string of assembly plants opened in Mexico by Japanese automakers. The Salamanca plant is Mazda’s 1st North American manufacturing base because the automaker stopped generating automobiles in 2012 at the plant it shares with Ford Motor Co. in Flat Rock, Mich.

Mazda expects local production to support it improve product sales in the expanding Mexican industry. That would carry on a trend of growing Japanese revenue there. In 2009, Japanese brands had only 23 percent of the Mexico industry, in contrast with the Detroit 3’s 57 percent. By final year, the Japanese brands’ collective share had shot up to 42 percent, although the Detroit 3’s shrank to 35 percent.

Staff Reporter Hans Greimel was on the ground at the opening of the Salamanca plant and captured photographs of the engineering and staff at the plant.

All photographs courtesy Hans Greimel unless of course otherwise mentioned.

Credit score: Mazda

Credit score: Mazda

The new factory utilizes some of Mazda’s most superior manufacturing technologies, which includes a new stamping method that can concurrently stamp 4 sheets of higher-tensile steel and deliver a lot more components from a single sheet. Here, workers acquire and visually inspect stampings from the new process.

The substantial use of robots in the body shop exhibits this is not just a lower-wage, large-labor-material factory.

Credit score: Mazda

Credit score: Mazda

Japanese trainers perform with Mexican factory staff.

In October, Mazda will start operations at an engine-machining store adjacent to its last-assembly factory. That will help it enhance neighborhood content from about 50 percent now towards the 62.5 % it demands to achieve inside of 5 many years to continue to qualify for tariff-free shipments to the United States and Canada underneath the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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