General Motors Thailand and Southeast Asia Operations had recently achieved the milestone of the production of its millionth vehicle – a Chevrolet Trailblazer – since operations began in 2000 at the Rayong Assembly plant.
President Dan Ammann said
“Everything starts with great products.Our plant in Rayong is an important member of GM’s regional and global manufacturing operation. It also is a key component of our consumer-centric and market-driven strategy for growing our product lineup and Chevrolet brand in the region.”
GM CEO Mary Barra said,
“Today’s milestone demonstrates why Thailand is so important to GM’s growth in Southeast Asia, and helps reinforce our commitment to continually strengthen our investment in this facility.”
Barra and Ammann also visited GM Thailand’s Powertrain Facility and congratulated the team for building 100,000 engines from its opening in September 2011 to May 2013.
The Rayong Assembly plant has the ability to produce different models and variants on the same line without incurring unnecessary downtime. This enabled the facility to successfully launch a totally renewed lineup in the past two years. The facility enjoyed record exports last year, shipping almost 44,000 vehicles to 77 countries.
GM’s facility in Rayong has 4,300 employees. It was one of five new plants built outside North America in the late 1990s. It incorporates GM’s Global Manufacturing System (GMS), a company-wide production system based on the principles of lean manufacturing. The main elements of GMS include employee involvement, continuous improvement, standardization, short lead-time and built-in quality.