Ford SA has officially opened a production simulator at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria as part of its investment in the all-new Ford Ranger.The simulator is intended to improve the capabilities of current and future employees ahead of live production of the new pick-up. It will also be used to provide practical training for mechanical and industrial engineering students from Gauteng tertiary institutions. R79bn FOR GAUTENGJeff Nemeth, Ford SA's president and CEO, said: “The facility will allow us to develop the assembly sequence and processes for our new product without disrupting production of current model. It will also allow us to improve dramatically the skills of our employees so they can build world-class vehicles."According to an economic impact report, Ford SA's investment will contribute R79-billion to the Gauteng economy over the next 15 years.