Mazda begins construction of a ¥26 billion ($257 million) transmission plant in Thailand that will build 400,000 Skyactiv transmissions a year when it opens in 2015. The Thai plant, combined with output from the Hofu facility in Japan, will raise Mazda’s Skyactiv transmission production capacity to 1.54 million units annually. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Thailand's Chonburi province, Mazda Vice Chairman Seita Kanai says the Thai plant, which will employ 500 ...

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