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 Ford India Expands Engine Plant and Positioned As a Regional Hub

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CHENNAI, India – Ford India has completed the expansion of its engine plant, increasing annual engine production capacity 36 percent to 340,000, helping transform the facility into a regional small engine hub.
 
The new facility was completed in record time of just over 14 months and creates capacity in manufacturing over additional 80,000 diesel engines annually.
 
The additional capacity will feed the surging demand for diesel powertrains in India and growing exports, creating more employment opportunities in the process. The ongoing expansion has already led to the hiring of 200 employees.
 
“We are delighted to see this new addition to our capacity in the Engine Plant as we gear up to move to the next stage of growth in India and the region,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India.
 
The facility is the first Ford plant in the world with single flexible production line manufacturing petrol and diesel engines. It is also the first Ford facility to run a flexible crank shaft production line producing crank shafts, and to have a fully flexible Cold test, Hot test and Dyno test facility for petrol and diesel engines.
 
“We are at an interesting phase of growth with the markets demanding swift responses from manufacturers, and I’m proud to say that with this plant’s amazingly flexible production lines of both petrol and diesel engines, we’re well-poised to move quickly,” Boneham added.
 
Boneham recently joined the Engine Plant’s chief, Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice-president, Powertrain Operations, Ford India, in cutting a ribbon to mark the roll-out of the 400,000th engine from the plant.
 
“This is a special occasion for all of us at the Chennai Engine Plant. Commissioning this facility in record time is a tremendous milestone and just adds to the many significant achievements this plant has in terms of Quality, Safe, Smart and Green,” said Radhakrishnan.
 
“To be rolling out the 400,000th engine from the Chennai plant in just under four years is an outstanding achievement, and one that everyone involved should be extremely proud,” said Gary Johnson, vice president, Manufacturing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Ford is currently building seven new plants across Asia Pacific and Africa, and we are making a significant commitment in India, which will see it become a regional hub for low-displacement engine production.”
 
One Plant: Many Smart Steps
 
The US$ 72 million investment, which has enabled the plant to enhance the Crankshaft Machining, Cylinder Head and Cylinder Block Machining at the Machine Shop with procurement of new equipment has also boosted its ability to handle more complex tasks. Today, the plant produces 12 Duratec petrol engine variants and five Duratorq diesel engine variants, allowing the workforce to hone its skills working on several variants.
 
Commissioning of the expanded facility is one of the key steps in Ford India’s transformation into a major export and manufacturing hub of small displacement engines -- 1.6 TiVCT, 1.4 HC and Duratorq engines will be exported to markets such as South Africa, Thailand and Taiwan. Nearly 40 percent of engines manufactured here will be exported.
 
The Chennai Engine plant has delivered several achievements in terms of Ford’s four pillars of Quality, Green, Safe and Smart. These include:
 
  • The plant has the lowest water consumption among all Ford plants worldwide
  • Uses vegetable-based cutting coolant for machining: An environment-friendly oil
  • The plant has been awarded Ford’s technical excellence award (TMM) for four consecutive years

 

 

  

 

 
The new facility was completed in record time of just over 14 months and creates capacity in manufacturing over additional 80,000 diesel engines annually. 
The engine facility has been transformed into a regional small engine hub.
   
An engine manufactured at the Chennai engine plant.
(Left to Right) Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice president, Powertrain Operations, and Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing, join Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India, in cutting a ribbon to mark the milestone of the 400,000th engine produced from the plant.
   
Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India, plants a kiss on the 400,000th engine at the Chennai plant as Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing (centre) and Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice president, Powertrain Operations, look on.
 
   

  

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7/17/2012 6:26 AM