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2018-03-27 11:55

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 • Installation of all-new assembly line for new diesel engine range
 • Current Duratorq TDCi engine assembly line adds 22 new rear and front-wheel drive derivatives and three new markets in Europe
 • Part of R3-billion investment in production expansion in South Africa announced in November 2017

Port Elizabeth – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its operations at its Struandale engine factory in Port Elizabeth as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants, announced late in 2017.

The new diesel engine assembly hall is located in a totally revamped 3868m2 section of the Struandale plant and featured the automaker’s latest, says Ford, "state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that guarantee the highest standards of workmanship, product quality and performance". 

New engines

Eight derivatives of the new engine will be assembled at Struandale when production officially commences in the fourth quarter of 2018. The new assembly line has a capacity of 120 000 engines per annum.

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Billions invested in SA

Jacques Brent, President of Ford Middle East and Africa, said: "We are delighted to confirm that, as part of the R3-billion investment announced in November 2017, we are expanding both the capability and capacity of the Struandale Engine Plant for our current and future engine programmes.

"The investment includes the installation of a sophisticated new assembly line for an all-new diesel engine program that will, most notably, power the exciting new Ford Ranger Raptor when it is launched in 2019."

"At the same time, we are boosting capacity for the current Duratorq TDCi engine that is used in the Ford Ranger and Everest, with new derivatives and additional European markets being introduced for the local operations."

Duratorq TDCi expansion

The current component machining and assembly lines for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which has been produced locally since 2011 for the Ford Ranger and Everest, are also being expanded.
Brent said: "Our upgrades for the Duratorq TDCi program adds incremental volumes, with 22 new four-cylinder engine derivatives to be exported to European markets, including for use in front-wheel drive Ford models.

"This introduces three significant new customers for the Struandale Engine Plant, comprising Italy, Turkey and Russia."

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Struandale central to Ford global production

Ultimately, the Struandale engine plant will become the home of all Duratorq TDCi engine component machining for the Ranger, Everest and Transit, along with expanded engine assembly in conjunction with current operations at Ford factories in Thailand and Argentina.

Brent adds: "This places our South African business in a central role within the global Ford network, and reaffirms our commitment to developing the automotive industry within the local market, and in the broader Middle East and Africa region."

56 engine variants

With the additional 2.2-litre engine derivatives officially coming on line in the fourth quarter of 2018, the Struandale Engine Plant will be assembling a total of 56 variants of Ford’s award-winning Duratorq TDCi engine.

Installed capacity for the Duratorq TDCi program is set to increase from the current 254 000 machined component sets (cylinder head, block and crankshaft) to 280 000, while assembly capacity will grow from 115 000 to 130 000 engines per annum.

To accommodate the significant production expansion for the two engine programs, a new warehouse was built at Struandale. The new 5 418 m2 facility was designed to house all the required parts, components and tools on-site to maximise production efficiency for the two engine programs.

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