Mitsubishi Motors marks five million units production milestone at our Thailand facility in Laem Chabang. The landmark vehicle was a Mitsubishi Shogun Sport.
MMTh's facilities at Laem Chabang are the biggest outside Japan, and are capable of producing 424,000 vehicles a year with exports going to more than 120 countries (including the UK).
The event was graced by Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand; His Excellency Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan; Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and BOI's Honorary Investment Advisor. Other VIP guests, business partners and employees also attended.
During his address, Somkid Jatusripitak congratulated Mitsubishi Motors for the successful collaboration between the automaker and the Thai government.
Mitsubishi Motors started its operations in Thailand in 1961 and achieved its first million-unit production in 2003. The second million followed in 2010 and after just three years, MMTh hit the third million in 2013. As demand increased, the four-million mark was reached in 2015.
Out of five million vehicles, 3.7 million were for export markets in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2016, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand celebrated its third-million export vehicle.
MMTh currently operates three automobile plants in Laem Chabang. The first plant was opened in 1992, and the second in 1996, the latter focusing on production of L200 pickup trucks as the production hub and export base.
In 2007, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand joined the Eco Car project and invested in the third automobile plant, which started producing eco cars in 2012. MMTh also has a powertrain plant that produces engines for both domestic and export markets.
Mitsubishi Motors Thailand currently has over 6,600 employees. To enhance its operations and leverage its role among Mitsubishi Motors group, the company also has facilities for Global Parts Logistics, a proving ground and a new training centre.