Ford and Mazda decided to expand their AutoAlliance Thailand joint-venture facility in Rayong, due to Strong local demand for Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 pickup trucks.
”This additional AAT investment is part of the strategic business partnership between Ford and Mazda,” said Yuji Nakamine, senior managing executive director of Mazda Motor Corporation. “Additionally, it allows us to continue to meet exceptionally strong demand for our all-new BT-50.”
Both companies have invested US$27 million (837 million baht), besides the $350 million last year, in the facility to increase pickup capacity by another 20,000 units annually. Currently the plant produces the Mazda BT-50 pickup trucks, the all-new Ford Ranger, the Ford Everest SUV, and Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Mazda3 passenger cars for local and export sale. The money which the companies invested will be used for facility upgrades such as additional robotic equipment and tooling, which will help increase line speed and output.
“This new investment reinforces Ford Motor Company’s long-term commitment to Thailand as a global production and export hub, and will allow us to meet the extraordinary demand for the all-new Ford Ranger,” said Peter Fleet, president, Ford ASEAN.