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Ford Struandale Engine Plant Ramping Up Production with New Assembly Line

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Ford is working to meet rising demand for its new Ford Ranger, Ranger Raptor, and recently unveiled Everest by installing a new assembly line at the Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. The new line will allow the plant to build the three vehicles’ 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo diesel engines more quickly, boosting annual output to 120,000 units a year.

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“Last year was extremely busy for the Struandale Engine Plant as we went through the build-up phase for the new Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines, increased our capacity, and added 22 new derivatives of the Duratorq TDCi engines, while simultaneously continuing with the existing machining and assembly operations for the existing engine program,” said Ford Struandale Engine Plant Manager John Cameron.

The plant also has capacity to build up to 130,000 Duratorq TDCi engines, which are — like the 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo diesels — supplied to the Silverton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Pretoria. The Duratorq TDCi engines are also shipped to Ford plants in North America, China, Turkey, Russia, and Italy, helping further establish Ford Struandale Engine Plant as one of South Africa’s most prolific exporters.

The 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo diesel-equipped Ranger and Everest built at Silverton are also largely exported, with around two thirds sent to 148 of Ford’s global markets. Struandales also builds upwards of 280,000 engine component parts for the Duratorq TDCi engines each year, which are used locally and abroad in Thailand and Argentina.

The addition of the new assembly line at Ford Struandale Engine Plant is the results of an approximately US$212 million (R3 billion) investment first announced in 2017.

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