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Mitsubishi begins production at new Philippines plant

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has begun assembly operations at its new manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa. The facility, located 45 km from Manila, takes over from the recently closed MMPC factory in Cainta, Rizal Province.

Santa Rosa itself isn’t new, formerly housing Ford Motor Company Philippines’ manufacturing operations. Ford ceased production in the republic at the end of 2012, and so the shuttered site has been given a new lease of life as MMPC’s factory and headquarters.

The new plant – which has a workforce of around 900 personnel – will be able to produce up to 50,000 units per year, exceeding the previous 30,000 units per year capability at Cainta, which began assembling Mitsubishi vehicles in 1964.

Production at Santa Rosa will consist of the Adventure compact MPV and L300 commercial vehicle, models produced at the previous plant. The company also reported that sales in the country for the calendar year 2014 was 48,793 units, a 15.2% increase from 2013’s 42,360 units.

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