July 02, 2013

Mazda to increase production capacity of Skyactiv transmissions at Hofu plant

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced plans to increase Skyactiv transmission* production capacity at the Nakanoseki district of Hofu plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. Production capacity, currently at 750,000 units annually, will be increased to 1,114,000 units in
July 2014 in response to growing sales of Skyactiv models around the globe.

The initiative involves adding machining and assembly lines to an affiliated company's building located next to the Nakanoseki district. Preparations will begin later this month with the installation of production equipment such as multi-function machining centers. Mazda aims to begin operations in July 2014.  

A signing ceremony for an agreement related to the production capacity increase took place at the Hofu City Hall today. Among the attendees at the ceremony were Mazda's Nariaki Uchida, Executive Officer and General Manager of Hofu plant; Masato Matsuura, the Mayor of Hofu city, and Susumu Kimura from Yamaguchi Prefecture's Department of Commerce and Industry.

"Operations began at the Nakanoseki district of Hofu plant in December 1981, and it is now Mazda's Chief Transmission Production facility. This is where we make Skyactiv transmissions for the Mazda CX-5. Moving forward, Mazda is committed to delivering vehicles featuring Skyactiv Technology to the greatest number of customers possible and to contribute to the further development of Yamaguchi prefecture and the city of Hofu," Nariaki Uchida.


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