Mazda Malaysia has officiated its Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah. The previous Mazda make-shift facility at this plant, shared with other marques, has already embarked on the production of the Mazda3 since 2011 for the domestic market and the Mazda CX-5 for local and Thai markets. In the not-too-distant future, the new Mazda3 would see its mass production at this very plant as well.

Mazda Malaysia CX-5 and Mazda3 production begins proper at the Inokom plant

Since March 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been produced at the plant’s body shop, constructed as one of the measures to reinforce the local production framework. This body shop, and the vehicle assembly facility which began operating today, are the result of an approximately RM 100 million (about 3 billion yen) investment by Mazda Malaysia; a joint venture between Mazda Motor Corporation and Bermaz Motor. Aside from the body shop, the plant has the means to facilitate the process of attaching various components (engine, etc.) to the vehicle body after the stamping, welding and painting. Finally, when the components are put together, the press-formed parts are welded together to form the vehicle body.

Mazda’s Executive Officer and General Manager of Hiroshima Plant, Masatoshi Maruyama commented, “Mazda regards Malaysia as a key production base in the region and we are very pleased to further strengthen our local production framework here with the completion of this Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility.”

“Moving forward, in strong partnerships with Bermaz Motor and Inokom, Mazda will continue bringing out unique and high-quality products, full of the joy of driving. Our sincere hope is that both here in Malaysia, and all over the world, these cars will enrich the lives of our customers, and help to build a special bond between them and the Mazda brand,” he added.

Total annual production capacity of both facilities is approximately 20,000 units, and production of the new Mazda3 for the country is scheduled to begin within the year. The Mazda-exclusive body shop and vehicle assembly facility now offers Mazda M’sia more effective production flexibility, along with enhanced quality control measures.

Mazda Malaysia’s final facility at Inokom plant images (click image to enlarge)