NANJING, China — The second Engineering Office Building (EOB2) of Ford Motor Research & Engineering Center (REC) was opened in Nanjing on April 20, with a traditional Lion Dance and plaque unveiling featured during the ceremony.
Senior leaders including Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China, Gary Johnson, vice president of manufacturing, Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), Peter Doyle, vice president of Human Resources, APA, Stuart Taylor, China product development and chief EESE engineer, APA, and Eric Grubb, director of Ford Land, APA, attended the ceremony and cutting of the ribbon.
Dave Schoch and Gary Johnson also hosted a Lion Eye Dotting ceremony to conclude the event.
The lion is a holy animal that stands for guardianship in Chinese mythology. By dotting their eyes with red paint – a colour associated with life and passion, the ceremony symbolised the awakening of these stone animals, which will protect and bring good luck to the new facility.
"It's one of the signals that once again shows our commitment to grow in China, and to establish Nanjing as our researching and engineering centre," Schoch said in his speech. "These are milestones and proof points that our plan is on track and that we have an aggressive commitment to grow in China."
Kicking off on May 15, 2011, construction was completed and the building handed over on April 1, 2012.
Completed in record time to a high level of quality and within budget, the new building adds an additional seating capacity of 755 to REC, which enables the co-location of Product Development, Purchasing, Cost Estimating, Manufacturing and other support functions.
Dave Schoch (left) and Gary Johnson unveiling the plaque.