Ford ex­pands as­sem­bly o­pe­ra­ti­ons at S­tru­an­da­le

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

Ford Mo­tor Com­pa­ny of Sout­hern A­fri­ca (FMCSA) is ex­pan­ding its o­pe­ra­ti­ons at the S­tru­an­da­le en­gi­ne plant in Port E­li­za­beth as part of the wi­de-ran­ging in­ves­t­ment in its two South A­fri­can plants an­noun­ced la­te last y­e­ar.

“We are de­lig­h­ted to con­firm that, as part of the R3-bil­li­on in­ves­t­ment an­noun­ced in No­vem­ber 2017, we are ex­pan­ding the ca­pa­bi­li­ty and ca­pa­ci­ty of the S­tru­an­da­le en­gi­ne plant for our cur­rent and fu­tu­re en­gi­ne pro­gram­mes,” says Ja­c­ques B­rent, pre­si­dent of Ford Midd­le East and A­fri­ca. “The in­ves­t­ment in­clu­des the in­stal­la­ti­on of a so­phi­sti­ca­ted new as­sem­bly li­ne for an all-new die­sel en­gi­ne that will po­wer the ex­ci­ting new Ford Ran­ger Rap­tor w­hen it is laun­ched in 2019. At the sa­me ti­me, we are boos­ting ca­pa­ci­ty for the cur­rent Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gi­ne that is u­sed in the Ford Ran­ger and E­ve­rest.” The new as­sem­bly hall is in a ful­ly re­vam­ped 3 868m² secti­on of the plant and bo­as­ts Ford’s la­test s­ta­te-of-the-art ma­nu­fac­tu­ring pro­ces­ses that gua­ran­tee the hig­hest stan­dards of work­mans­hip, pro­duct qua­li­ty and per­for­man­ce.

Eig­ht de­ri­va­ti­ves of the new en­gi­ne will be as­sem­bled he­re w­hen pro­ducti­on starts in the fourth quar­ter of 2018.

The cur­rent com­po­nent ma­chi­ning and as­sem­bly li­nes for the Du­ra­torq TDCi die­sel en­gi­ne, which has been pro­du­ced lo­cal­ly sin­ce

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