Production of next-generation Ford Ranger commences
Ford has begun production of the new Ranger in Pretoria
Production of the next-generation Ford Ranger has commenced at Ford’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, with the local plant becoming the third to commence production globally.
The start of production follows an investment of R15.8 billion in Ford’s local operations and supplier tooling. South African built Rangers will be exported to 100 markets around the world, including Europe.
The expanded operations in South Africa will contribute to job creation and economic development, with 1 200 new jobs added for a third shift needed to support the increased production volumes, taking the workforce to 5 500 employees. In addition, Ford’s supplier network is expected to benefit with approximately 10 000 jobs added across the value chain.
R10.3 billion of the investment was allocated to the transformation and modernisation of the Silverton plant, which included construction of its first on-site Stamping plant, a new highly automated body shop and the introduction of the latest operations on the trim, chassis and final line.
Furthermore, the only Ford owned and operated frame line has been built in the new Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone supplier park, located alongside the Silverton assembly plant.
Ford also injected R600 million into its Struandale Engine plant in Gqeberha, which produces all the engines used in the next generation Ranger for South Africa and more than 100 export markets. This investment helped Ford introduce the new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine program, which comprises cylinder head machining and engine assembly. Upgrades for the next-generation Ranger were also implemented on the existing assembly line for the 2.0-litre single turbo and 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engines.
Renewed focus on quality
Ford has put immense effort, resources, and the latest technologies in place to ensure that the next-generation Ranger is truly world class, and that the Silverton plant equals the very best globally.
This included decisions to bring the stamping and frame building operations in house and thus ensure complete control of the production quality.
Additional quality control measures include the use of in-line Perceptron measurement systems to provide accurate scanning of every part produced as well as the high-tech GOM ATOS ScanBox blue light scanner system that creates highly detailed 3D models of manufactured components. This ensures real time data throughout production and allows for the rapid identification and addressing of any quality concerns before parts leave the production area.
An uncompromising approach to quality has reshaped every aspect of Ford’s manufacturing operations and is a clear indicator of their commitment to delivering world-class products for their customers around the world.
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