PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - The Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth held its final Employee Cascades information session for 2013 in November. Aside from presenting the company’s results during the year, it also provided the opportunity to bid a final farewell to the RoCam engine programme.
“RoCam has been a huge success for the Struandale Engine Plant, and provided the platform for us to secure the Puma engine programme and now our first-ever exports to North America for the Transit,” stated Satya Banda, Plant Manager.
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s recently promoted Vice President Operations, Ockert Berry, was on hand to personally thank each employee, and they each received a Certificate of Appreciation to acknowledge the important role they played in its success.
“It’s the people in our company that drive our future, and each and every one of you have been a crucial and very proud part of the success of RoCam, and continue to do so with the Puma engine programme,” Berry said.
The RoCam machining and assembly programme was first announced in 1998 with production commencing the following year. A total of 1 346 919 engines were manufactured in 1,3 and 1,6-litre capacities through to the end of engine assembly in 2012, taking the plant’s total engine volume since it opened in 1964 to some 2,9-million units. RoCam component kits were also machined locally and exported around the world, finally drawing to a close in March 2013.
The customer base for RoCam spread far and wide, from South America (Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela) and Mexico to Russia, India, Spain, Germany and Italy – and it proved a highly successful engine.
It powered the Fiesta, Ikon, Bantam pick-up, Ka, StreetKa and a variety of models in South America, including the Courier pick-up, Fiesta Hatch and Notch, New KA and EcoSport.
Over the years RoCam earned a solid reputation for durability and efficiency, and was developed to run on petrol, compressed natural gas (CNG) and FlexFuel (any proportion of ethanol and gasoline). It was also used in a wide variety of industrial applications.