CHENNAI, India — The Machine Shop in the Chennai Engine Plant celebrated the rollout of its 500,000th cylinder block in March and reiterated its commitment to quality as it gears up to supply cylinder blocks and heads to export markets.
Unveiling the 500,000th cylinder block at the event, Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice president, Powertrain Operations, said that “every block produced goes into a Ford car…It’s great to know that the team now has 500,000 fans who are driving Ford cars.”
He also shared his views on the existing healthy competition among the various lines in the Machine Shop, as Crank Line has also recently crossed the 400,000 mark.
Other guests for the event included R.RadhaKrishnan, general manager, Blanking & Stamping and V.Sundarrajan, New Model Programme manager of AP Powertrain S.Suriyanarayanan, area manager of the Machine Shop thanked the young and energetic team for their achievement, and urged them to continue to work hard to deliver world-class products for Ford.
Radhakrishnan said the team must focus on quality and leverage the opportunity as export orders grow.
The Machine Shop, which now has an annual capacity of 330,000 units of Cylinder Block, Head and 300,000 units of Crank Shaft, started operations in 2008 with a single diesel variant produced at Phase-1 (Old Facility) with an installed Capacity of 60,000 units. It was in 2010 that a new high volume facility was installed with increased capacity of 80,000 units. At the same time, petrol variant production capacity was added, taking up the installed capacity to 170,000 units. In 2012, the diesel variant capacity was doubled to 160,000 units.
The Machine Shop reached the 100,000th Cylinder Block milestone in 2010, and the 500,000th Cylinder Block milestone was reached in just over two years, reflecting the hardworking spirit and passion of the team.
Ford India expanded its powertrain facility in Chennai to further support its sales and export growth plans in India. With the expansion completed in July 2012, the engine plant’s annual production capacity has increased from 250,000 to 340,000 units per year.
Employees join plant leadership in cutting a cake to mark the occasion.
Employees pose with plant leadership for a group photograph.