CHONGQING, China – On June 18, Ford celebrated the opening of its US $350 million (RMB 2.18 billion) transmission plant in Chongqing with its passenger car joint venture in China, Changan Ford Automobile (CAF).
As Ford’s very first transmission plant in Asia Pacific, the Changan Ford Transmission Plant (CAFTP) will produce 400,000 units a year, helping to meet rapidly growing demand from Chinese consumers. Located in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area, the plant site covers more than 75,000 square meters and will initially employ 1,200 staff.
Using Ford’s most cutting-edge global technologies, CAFTP will initially manufacture several of Ford’s advanced six-speed auto transmissions, which will be used in Ford China’s bestselling nameplates, including the Ford Focus, Kuga, Mondeo and the future Escort.
CAFTP will employ advanced manufacturing processes that will ensure quality, stronger environmental performance and ergonomically-designed assembly lines that benefit plant workers. For example, Ford’s Minimal Quantity Lubrication process (MQL) eliminates the need for cooling systems across most of the transmission production line, thereby helping cut down on energy usage.
As part of its accelerated China growth plan, Ford promised to bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015. To provide Chinese customers with both great performance and leading fuel efficiency, Ford committed to equip these 15 new vehicles with 20 new global engines and transmissions. Together, these powertrains will improve Ford China’s fleet-wide fuel-efficiency by 20 percent.