Ford Ranger Rap­tor en­gine built in SA

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA -

FORD Mo­tor Com­pany SA has an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of ca­pac­ity at its Struan­dale En­gine Plant in Port El­iz­a­beth, with the big­gest high­light be­ing the assem­bly of the 2.0-litre twin, turbo-diesel en­gine set to power the Ranger Rap­tor.

Head­ing for SA next year and con­firmed to be built along­side the stan­dard Ranger and Ever­est at Ford’s Sil­ver­ton Plant near Pre­to­ria, the 157kW/500Nm mill will also be joined by 22 other four-cylin­der Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gines used mostly in fron­twheel drive prod­ucts, as part of a R3-bil­lion in­vest­ment an­nounced in Novem­ber last year.

‘At the same time, we are boost­ing ca­pac­ity for the cur­rent Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gine that is used in the Ford Ranger and Ever­est, with new de­riv­a­tives and ad­di­tional Euro­pean mar­kets be­ing in­tro­duced for the lo­cal op­er­a­tions,’ Pres­i­dent of Ford Mid­dle East and Africa, Jacques Brent, said in a state­ment.

With en­gine pro­duc­tion in­creas­ing from 254 000 ma­chined com­po­nents to 280 000 and assem­bly from 115 000 to 130 000 per an­num, the in­crease would re­sult in the plant be­com­ing the home of Du­ra­torq com­po­nents for use in the Ranger, Ever­est and Tran­sit.

‘This places our SA busi­ness in a cen­tral role within the global Ford net­work, and reaf­firms our com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try within the lo­cal mar­ket, and in the broader Mid­dle East and Africa re­gion,’ Brent said.

Along with the con­struc­tion of a new 5 418m2 ware­house to ac­com­mo­date the var­i­ous parts and a new en­gine assem­bly hall mea­sur­ing 3 868m2, the ad­di­tion of more 2.2-litre oil burn­ers set to come off the line in the fourth quar­ter of 2018, would see the plant pro­duc­ing 56 Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gine vari­ants, with new key ex­port mar­kets be­ing Italy, Turkey and Rus­sia.

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