Ford pumps billions into Pretoria
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.