Ford Lays Sanand Plant Foundation - $1 Billion Plant


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Ford lays Sanand plant foundation.

Ford India has laid the foundation stone for its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, to be set up at a 460-acre plant site in Sanand. The plant will commence operations in 2014, with a production capacity of 2,40,000 units and 2,70,000 engines per year for both domestic and export markets.

The event saw Michael Boneham, president & MD, Ford India, joined by Maheswar Sahu, Industry Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Felix Guillen, Ford's executive director of manufacturing for Asia Pacific & Africa, recognize the critical role of the company’s new facility.

“We lay the foundation for Ford’s continued expansion in India, and plant the seed for a brighter future for our employees, suppliers, dealers and customers, and for the people of Gujarat and India," said Boneham.

The new assembly plant will be fully integrated to support stamping, body assembly, paint, trim and final assembly. The paint shop will utilize Ford’s environmentally friendly rotational dip technology and 3-Wet technology paint processes that will further improve paint quality and durability. Ford also claims it will reduce the levels of the Volatile Organic Compounds, CO2 emissions and waste.

With the new one-billion-dollar plant, Ford’s total investment in India to date is approximately two billion dollars, an amount that is expected to grow with the completion of the Sanand facility in 2014.

As part of its continuing aggressive strategy to compete in the India automobile market, Ford has announced that it will bring eight new vehicles to India by mid-decade, the all-new Fiesta being the first step.

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Ford lays Sanand plant foundation - News - Autocar India
 
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As part of Ford’s strategy to launch global platforms in India, its first model to roll off the production lines at its upcoming plant at Sanand in Gujarat will be the next-generation Figo (Codename: B562). The B562 will beef up competition in the B-plus segment and is expected to roll out in 2014. It is believed to have been designed and engineered at Ford’s design centre in Brazil and will be launched first in Brazil around end-2013.

The B562 model will be powered by the same EcoBoost powertrain technology that will power Ford’s all-new sub-4-metre EcoSport SUV (Codename: B515) that will be introduced in India in early 2013. The EcoSport will be Ford’s first vehicle with its smallest ever, high-tech three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that will deliver improved fuel economy without compromising on performance. The image below shows Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia-Pacific and Africa, introducing the 1.0-litre, EcoBoost engine in the EcoSport to audiences at the Auto Expo in New Delhi in January this year. After the all-new Fiesta, which was launched in July 2011, the EcoSport is the latest ‘One Ford’ global product and the second of eight products Ford plans to bring to India by mid-decade.
 
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Dürr builds the largest paint shop ever in India for Ford’s Sanand plant


German mechanical and plant engineering group Dürr is building the largest ever paint shop in India for Ford India’s new car plant facility in Sanand, Gujarat. The paint shop – with proven Dürr technology – will start operations in 2014.

Along with the application, plant and automation technology, the scope of delivery also includes the conveyor technology and exhaust air purification systems. The well-proven RoDip M rotational dip coating system (pictured) is used in the pretreatment and electro dipping. The rotational movement of the car body in the RoDip tank guarantees uniform cleaning and coating. RoDip technology thus provides the best possible corrosion protection and also a space and material saving plant layout, since inclined sections at the entrance and exit of the dip tank are not needed.

The Ecopure TAR exhaust air purification system is used with the straight-through ovens for cathodic dip-coating and topcoat. This purifies the process exhaust air through incineration. The residual heat from the purified exhaust air is fed back into the production process by downstream heat recovery systems. This allows valuable resources to be conserved.

The application of exterior base coat and clear coat takes place fully automatically with 32 Ecopaint Robot RP L033 painting robots in two painting lines. All robots are equipped with the proven EcoBell2 high-speed rotating atomizer. The cleaning system Ecopaint Clean provides body cleaning prior to painting. Furthermore, eight Ecopaint RS 16 robots are used for the application of underbody protection and rocker panels.

Control and visualization of production is provided by Dürr's EcoEMOS process control system. Production costs can be effectively reduced and production quality can be significantly improved through easy access to process data. The conveyor system is not limited to the usual skid conveyors, but also includes a paint selection buffer and painted body storage for car bodies.

Dürr says the combination of its proven and innovative technologies makes the new paint shop in Sanand a benchmark for the Indian market. The plant will not only make a more environmentally friendly production reducing Volatile Organic Compounds, CO2 emissions and waste with reduced material and energy inputs possible, but will also provide lower costs per unit and impressive paint quality.

Ford will initially produce more than 240,000 passenger cars per year at the Sanand plant once it’s operational in 2014. The plant was ordered at the end of 2011.
 
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FORD BETS BIG ON INDIA; AIMS AT 500 TOUCH POINTS BY 2015

By the middle of this decade, American car maker Ford will have launched all of its 8 new products that it has been planning to launch in the Indian car market. Ford’s car model onslaught, which began last year with the all new Fiesta sedan, will move to its next phase in early 2013, when the car maker will launch the EcoSport Compact Crossover, a car on which it is pinning plenty of hopes.

Now, with all these car launches, it is clear that Ford is aiming at big volumes in India. To support this effort, Ford would need a much better reach in terms of dealerships and after sales service centers across India. For precisely this, Ford wants to take the number of touch points to 500 and this expansion effort will happen by 2015.

Ford bets big on India; Aims at 500 touch points by 2015 | IndianCarsBikes.in
 
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Ford's Sanand plant in Gujarat to be commissioned next year: Official

Ford India's Sanand plant in Gujarat would be commissioned by 2014, a top official said today.

"Around 4,000 people are working on ground at Sanand, the project is very much on track and it will be commissioned by 2014," said President and Managing Director of Ford India Joginder Singh during an interaction with media here today.

"With the Sanand facility, our net investment in India would be around $ 2 billion, of which around $ 1 billion would be for Gujarat."

Ford India's upcoming integrated manufacturing facility in Sanand includes stamping, body, paint and assembly operations for vehicle and engine manufacturing.

Ford India is one of the partner companies of the 6th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS) and Singh would be speaking as an expert panelist at a couple of conferences.

Singh said company plans to introduce some eight models in the country by mid-decade, and expects that by 2020 India would be the third largest market for Ford after China and US.

He also spoke about expanding dealer network. By the end of this year, the company plans to increase the number of dealers from 125 to 250, and to 500 by mid-decade.

"Expansion of dealer network will be focused on rural areas. We strongly believe that rather than focusing only in metro, we will go in tier-2 and 3 cities where our customers are. Instead of waiting for customers to come to us, we will go to our customers."

Expressing caution about increase in tax on diesel vehicles, he said, "The government should come up with policies that would promote growth. Any extra tax on diesel vehicles would be regressive."

Ford's Sanand plant in Gujarat to be commissioned next year: Official - The Economic Times
 
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