Mazda Launched Mixed Model Production of Engine Parts

by : Evander Klum

Mazda Motor Corporation the producer of quality has recently announced the launching of their mixed model production on the engine parts machining line at their engine plant situated near the automaker's headquarters in Hiroshima.

Mazda's engine plant manufactures the new 3.7 liter V6 engine as well as the latest inline four-cylinder 1.8 to 2.3 liter MZR series gasoline engines. The production of the V6 engines will resume in May after four year that it was not put into production with the last V6 engine produced in August of 2003. Mazda has also announced that the new V6 engine is to be equipped on the 2008 CX-9 that is scheduled to go on sale this summer.

The engine machining line was designed to tackle the diversification and other procedures that are necessary for a flexible production. And by utilizing Mazda's up-to-date production and manufacturing technologies to various engine parts namely cylinder block, cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, and connecting rods, the automaker was able to boost its production efficiency. Mazda was also able to consolidate all the processes that support volume and model mix flexible production that requires less investment for equipment.

According to Mazda's Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of Production and Business Logistics, Masaharu Yamaki, "Achieving mixed model production for both V6 and in-line four cylinder gasoline engine parts machining at the Ujina plant is the first step toward Volume and Model Mix Flexible Production, which lies at the heart of Mazda's Manufacturing Innovation concept. Going forward, Mazda will progressively introduce the latest techniques to all of its production facilities in Japan and overseas as part of our Manufacturing Innovation initiative. We will continue to support improvements in production that raise Mazda's brand value and enhance our business efficiency under the 'One Mazda' banner."

And speaking of Mazda production, the AutoAlliance Thailand which is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda has announced last Thursday its plan of producing more than 175,000 vehicles for this year that will come from its plant in the kingdom's eastern seaboard.

Auto Alliance Thailand said "In order to keep up with increasing demand for the Ford and Mazda pickups in markets around the world, AAT will produce more than 175,000 total units this year, including a number of Ford Everest SUVs for both domestic and export markets."

AutoAlliance Thailand has already been able to produce a total of 1,000,000 pickup trucks sold in both international and domestic markets starting 1998.