Suzuki Motor is planning to invest $49m to double output at its plant in Rayong, Thailand next year to 100,000, including the addition of a new Alto model made for both the Thai and export markets.

The plant, which opened in 2012, currently makes the Swift model also for both domestic and export demand in the ASEAN region. The decision to bring the Alto ecocar to Thailand for the first time follows Suzuki’s decision to switch production of the Swift from Japan to the country in 2012.

The plant is well located to source logistics support for the additional demands of delivering inbound materials, with the nearby Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (ESIE) home to a number of logistics providers, including DB Schenker, DHL Supply Chain, Kerry Logistics, Rhenus amongst others. Up to 36% of the activity at ESIE is automotive.

Suzuki Motor (Thailand) is a majority-owned joint venture with Siam International.