TEMPO Co, Jakarta – The Minister of Industry (Menperin) of the Republic of Indonesia, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, has announced that Mazda will commence investing in factories in Indonesia starting in 2024. This plan was unveiled during a meeting between Agus and Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan, held from June 5th to 7th, 2023.
In his official statement quoted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023, the Minister of Industry stated, “Together with the Mazda company, we discussed the investment mission of the company which is planned to start in 2024.”
Agus expressed his hope that Mazda’s production facility in Indonesia will eventually become the primary production center for the Southeast Asian region. The specific details regarding the investment value and the types of vehicles to be manufactured in the new factory have not been disclosed yet.
Hironoki Tanaka, the Chief Executive Officer of Mazda Motor Corporation, responded to this development by stating that his team is currently making a second visit to Indonesia. As a result of this visit, they will determine which model will be produced at the Mazda factory in Indonesia.
Previously, PT Eurokars Motor, Mazda’s agent in Indonesia, expressed their desire to locally manufacture the Mazda CX-5 SUV. This meeting is expected to help reduce the selling price of this popular SUV in Indonesia.
Ricky Thio, the CEO of PT Eurokars Motor Indonesia, mentioned that the company is currently collaborating with partners to conduct an internal meeting regarding the production of the CX-5. “We are still conducting research and making all the necessary preparations,” stated Ricky during a recent visit by Tempo’s editorial team.
Ricky further emphasized that Mazda maintains very high product quality standards. Therefore, conducting extensive studies is important to ensure that the cars assembled in Indonesia meet these standards.
“We aim to achieve this as soon as possible, preferably within this year, so that the Mazda CX-5 can become more affordable,” he added.