Ford's new stamping plant in South Africa will increase job creation
The Ford Motor Company announced the completion of its new high-tech stamping plant at its Silverton Assembly plant in Pretoria.
It was reported that Neale Hill Ford African MD told the media that once the facility is upgraded and reaches full operation, it will have an installed capacity to produce 200 000 vehicles a year, compared with 168 000 units last year.
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Hill said that the expanded production would create 1200 jobs in South Africa. That will increase the local Ford workforce to 5500 employees, and adding an estimated up to 10 000 new jobs across Ford’s local supplier network brings the total up to 60 000.
Site transformation manager, Rhys Davies said at the Ford Silverton Assembly plant that this new stamping plant is a first for ford in South Africa.
“Previously we used external suppliers to stamp our metal body parts, but we decided to set up our own stamping plant for the next-gen Ranger, which will go into production later this year.
“With our focus on delivering the highest levels of quality and efficiency for the next-gen Ranger, it was essential that we brought the stamping operations in-house”, says Davies.
Davies went on to state that the facility will improve the quality of production drastically.
“Most importantly, it allows us to deliver vehicles of the highest quality to our customers in South Africa and more than 100 market around the world”, Davis added.