Ford opens new plant in Thailand (video)

  • 14-May-2012 04:16 EDT

Ford plans to purchase up to $800 million worth of local components annually through Thailand’s local supplier network.

Ford on May 3 celebrated the opening of Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM), a new $450 million state-of-the-art passenger-vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong. The first product out of FTM will be the Focus. The highly flexible plant, one of two Ford operations in the country, will serve as the foundation for its plan to introduce eight all-new global One Ford vehicles to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region by mid-decade. Initial capacity at the 200,000-m² (2.2 million-ft²) plant is 150,000 units per year. The production line at FTM is designed for maximum flexibility, enabling it to produce six different types of vehicles simultaneously. Ford claims the plant employs one of the world's fastest stamping presses. (See video of some of the plant's equipment and operations here.)

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