Ford expands production with a new plant in China
Ford Motor Company announced that its successful joint
venture in China – Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA)
– is building a highly flexible passenger car plant in
Chongqing, China, scheduled for completion in 2012.
The investment, valued at $490 million, represents a
significant step in Ford’s aggressive expansion strategy
in the Asia Pacific and Africa region. The new plant
will initially be capable of producing 150,000 units
a year, boosting total annual production capacity at
CFMA operations to 600,000 units by 2012.
The facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art automation
and will be capable of producing a diversified range
of products in the future, the plant will begin manufacturing
Ford’s next-generation Ford Focus in 2012.
The plant in Chongqing will build upon Ford’s successful
CFMA joint-venture operations that already manufacture
a broad lineup of Ford brand vehicles for the China market.
In addition to the car manufacturing plant already operational
in Chongqing – where the Focus, Mondeo and S-MAX are
built – the joint venture has a manufacturing facility
in Nanjing, China, where the Ford Fiesta is built.
The new 1-million-plus-square-meter assembly plant will
be fully integrated to support stamping, body assembly,
paint, trim and final assembly. A new paint shop will
utilize Ford’s environmentally friendly 3-wet technology
paint process, which significantly reduces volatile organic
compounds, CO2 emissions and waste.