PRETORIA, South Africa - With the process of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa shifting its operations from Asia Pacific to Europe, along with the introduction of the new Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, manufacturing executives from Ford of Europe (FoE) visited the Struandale Engine Plant in March.
Ockert Berry (VP Operations, FMCSA) and Gary Johnson (Vice President Manufacturing, Asia Pacific) led the group which included Johnson’s FoE counterpart, Jeff Wood (VP Manufacturing) as well as Dale Wishnousky (Director, European Vehicle Operations).
The team gained useful insight into the Struandale Engine Plant (SEP) operations, which include the production of the Puma diesel engine for the Ranger programme, machining components for export, as well as assembly of the Transit i5 engine for the North American Ford Transit.
“It was great to host Jeff Wood and Dale Wishnousky, and they were impressed with the local operations and the successful implementation of the Global Ford Production System and various other home-grown initiatives our teams have developed to ensure the highest levels of quality, which could be rolled out to other Ford plants,” said Satya Banda, Plant Manager.
“However, they reinforced the need for stable production, an unwavering focus on quality and customer satisfaction, as well as efficiency and cost competitiveness.”