Nissan Opens Production Plant in Thailand
Nissan has announced the opening of a second production plant in Thailand, where the company intends to build on their growth strategy for the Asian region. “Thailand is the engine of growth for us in the region, so we’re excited to be opening this second plant today that will produce our latest pickup”, said Fumiaki Matsumoto, Nissan’s Executive Vice President responsible for global manufacturing. “It signifies our optimism for Thailand, as a growing automotive market, a center of manufacturing excellence for the region and an export hub for the world.”
Production at the plant got underway on July 1 when the first NP300 Navara pickup truck was produced. Sales began two days later on the Navara, which comes in both King Cab and Double Cab configurations. More than half of all vehicles produced at the $114.25 million, 6,200,000 sq-ft facility will be exported to global markets. The new Nissan production plant increases the automaker’s production capacity to 370,000 units annually, adding to the 220,000 units built at the original plant. Nissan is looking to add 2,000 new jobs with the facility. A significant amount of funds have also gone to the plant’s zero discharge program, and Nissan intends to be environmentally responsible by recycling all wastewater through Reverse Osmosis.