GM Powertrain Thailand Achieves 100,000 Production Milestone
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GM Powertrain Thailand Achieves 100,000 Production Milestone

  • 100,000 Duramax turbo-diesel engines produced since start of production in September 9, 2011
  • All engines produced were fitted to the Chevrolet Colorados and Trailblazers assembled in GM's facility in Thailand
  • Additional suppliers to increase local content to come online in 2014

BANGKOK, June 4, 2013 - GM Powertrain Thailand, General Motors' (GM) first diesel engine plant in Thailand and Southeast Asia, the first and only GM facility in the world to produce the four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine, recently achieved the 100,000th production milestone since production officially started in September 9, 2011.

Powertrain GM Thailand has so far produced 44,660 units of 2.5L Duramax engines and 55,340 units of 2.8L Duramax engines. All engines built were used in vehicles assembled in GM Thailand's assembly plant. The powertrain facility currently has 96 suppliers, and has identified an additional 18 suppliers that will come on line by 2014. The Duramax engine currently has 45 percent local content.

Speaking to employees during the milestone celebration, Martin Apfel, President of GM Southeast Asia Operations, said, "Today we celebrate not only the successful production of the 100,000th Duramax turbo-diesel engine by GM Powertrain Thailand, but the teamwork from all of you that has made this possible."

"We need to maintain our growth momentum, by staying together as a team and making quality the number-one principle in everything we do. We are one of the most advanced GM facilities in the world - we have the tools, training and processes at our disposal to ensure quality is upheld while we continue to grow," Apfel continued.

One of the most advanced GM powertrain facilities in the world, the US$200-million GM Powertrain Thailand currently employs 590 employees and manufactures both the 2.5L and 2.8L four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engines. In July 2012, the 120,000-units-per-year facility added a US$36 million engine-block manufacturing line to its facility to manufacture high-precision engine blocks for the Duramax engines. It was the latest step in the company’s expansion in Rayong and was completed nearly one year ahead of schedule.

David Clarkson, Vice-President, GM Powertrain Thailand, said, “I am very proud of our team members. We have achieved this milestone in less than two years since we officially started production, thanks not only to every team member's hard work and dedication, but also to the growing popularity of the products that use the Duramax engine, the Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer. A big thanks also to all our customers who have put faith in our engines that are the beating heart of the vehicles they drive."

Both the 2.5L and 2.8L Duramax engines currently in use by the Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer are two of the most advanced diesel powertrains in the market. They feature a variable-geometry turbocharger, aluminum cylinder head, integrated oil cooler, high-pressure common-rail fuel delivery system for increased output, performance, fuel efficiency and durability. They also feature an EGR cooler for emissions compliance, capable of up to Euro-5 ratings, plus a balancer shaft and laminated lower oil pan for lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) during operation.

In June 2012, the GM Powertrain Thailand was certified ISO 14001-compliant for the facility’s efforts in reducing environmental waste via the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS) to manage and mitigate production effects on the environment.

GM Powertrain Thailand continues to form key part of GM Thailand's successful growth strategy in the region.