STRUANDALE ENGINE PLANT CELEBRATES LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT WITH ASSEMBLY OF FIRST DIESEL ENGINES

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Port Elizabeth – 10 December 2010 – The Ford Struandale Engine Plant has attained a landmark achievement in the build-up for the Puma Global engine export programme, with the first validation build engines being produced ahead of schedule.

The historical first engine emerged from the brand-new Puma Assembly Hall on 25 November, setting the ball rolling for the initial series of engine assembly trials that are being used to evaluate the capabilities of the new and refurbished facilities.

This programme also assess the readiness of the employees who have undergone extensive training on the advanced new-generation engine, which is known internally as ‘Puma’, and belongs to Ford’s highly-rated ‘Duratorq’ diesel engine family.

“This is a really exciting time for the Struandale Engine Plant,” explains Peter Lawson, Vice President Operations, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “The equipment is in place, the stations are fully operational and all of the best-in-class quality initiatives have been implemented.

“Certainly there’s still a lot of work ahead as the team conducts detailed trials and reviews to ensure that the capability is up to the required standard, but it’s fantastic to see the first batch of engines finished, and the assembly line running.”

“We’re in really good shape in terms of timing,” Lawson says. “The Engine Plant will be machining components and assembling engines over the next couple of months as we continue with the validations and capability studies, building up to job one in the second quarter of 2011.”