Ford pumps bil­lions into Pre­to­ria

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FORD in­vest­ing R2.5- bil­lion at its Sil­ver­ton Assem­bly Plant in Pre­to­ria to pro­duce the Ever­est SUV and Ranger bakkie.

This in­vest­ment will cre­ate ap­prox­i­mately 1 200 new jobs at Ford South Africa and within the South African sup­plier net­work. Jim Far­ley, Ford ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent of Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa said the in­vest­ment reaf­firms the im­por­tance of these mar­kets as part of our growth strat­egy across the Mid­dle East and Africa.

“It fur­ther re­in­forces South Africa’s po­si­tion as a strate­gic ex­port base for Ford Mo­tor Com­pany.”

The Sil­ver­ton fa­cil­ity joins Au­toAl­liance Thai­land in Ray­ong; Ford’s Chen­nai plant in In­dia and the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nan­chang, China, as pro­duc­tion hubs for the Ever­est. Ini­tial pro­duc­tion at Sil­ver­ton of the Ever­est will com­mence in the third quar­ter of 2016, with the first units ex­pected to come to mar­ket in the fourth quar­ter.

The made- in- SA mod­els will be sold lo­cally and ex­ported to mar­kets across Sub- Sa­ha­ran Africa.

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