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Ford executives and local government officials at the opening of the Changan Ford Transmission Plant in Chongqing (from left to right): Zhang Zhikui, Chongqing Government Vice Chief Secretary; Luo Minggang, Executive Vice President, Changan Automobile Co., Ltd; Xiong Ping, Director of the Southwest Region, CSG (Bureau Chief of Southwest Ordnance); Zhou Qing, Vice Director of Chongqing Economy and Information Committee; Marin Burela, President and CEO, Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ltd; Ling Yueming, Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, Vice Mayor, Secretary of Liangjiang New Zone Party Working Committee; Alan MulallyPresident and CEO, Ford Motor Company; Huang QifanMayor of Chongqing; Xu LiupingGeneral Manager, China South Industries Group Corporation, Board Chairman of Changan, Board Chairman of Chongqing Changan, Board Chairman, Changan Automobile Co., Ltd; Ou Shunqing, Chongqing Government Chief Secretary; John LawlerChairman and CEO, Ford China; Duan Chenggang, Chongqing Northern New Zone Management Committee Director; Gary Johnson, Vice president, Manufacturing, Ford Asia Pacific; Wang Kun, Vice President, Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., Ltd
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 Ford Unveils New Transmission Plant in China

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CHONGQING, ChinaOn 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.

  

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7/4/2014 4:30 AM