PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, – The Ford Struandale Engine Plant has been recognised once again for its outstanding environmental record by earning a merit award for the second year running in the Exporter of the Year competition.
This event is held annually by the Eastern Cape branch of the Exporters Club of South Africa, and hosted over 450 high-profile guests and industry leaders at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth for the gala banquet and awards ceremony.
Ford received the SJM Environmental Merit Award for Continuous Improvement for the second consecutive year due to its noteworthy achievements in reducing its impact on the environment.
The company’s five-year plan to reduce its carbon footprint was commended by the independent judging panel. This wide-ranging programme included reducing the Struandale Engine Plant’s energy consumption by 15 percent over the past year, cutting plant effluent by 8 percent, waste to landfill by 9 percent and general waste by an overall 11 percent.
Along with ensuring that the plant operations are more eco-friendly, the far-reaching community upliftment and broader environmental projects conducted by the employees as part of the Engine Plant’s ‘Each One Reach One’ initiative also received special mention.
"It’s fantastic to receive this merit award, as one of our core focuses, both at the Struandale Engine Plant and at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, is on the environment," says Ockert Berry, Vice President Operations at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
"We have stringent corporate targets in place each year, and the team has not only reached these stretch targets for our environmental scorecard, but has exceeded them throughout this year. So this is a great achievement that recognises their exceptional work in maintaining these high standards.
"One of Ford’s global brand pillars is ‘Green’, and we are working constantly to reduce our footprint and minimise our impact on the environment," Berry states.
Mariona Padayachee, Environmental Co-ordinator at the Ford Struandale Engine Plant, receives the SJM Environmental Merit Award for Continuous Improvement from Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler during the annual Exporter of the Year awards at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.
The Ford Struandale Engine Plant team with the SJM Environmental Merit Award for Continuous Improvement. Pictured (from left): Adri van Aswegen (Quality Manager), John Cameron (Operations Manager), Paul Brooks (Plant Controller), Neil Stander (Manufacturing Engineering Manager), Ockert Berry (VP Operations, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa), Mariona Padayachee (Environmental Co-ordinator), Justin Ford (Financial Analyst), Satya Banda (Plant Manager), Basil Raman (Production Team Manager), Charles Joseph (HR Manager), Melany Adonis (MP&L Supervisor), Faizel de Doncker (MP&L Manager)