1 minute read: Ford’s local commitment.
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has emerged from a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme in South Africa.
Between 2009 and 2018, Ford has invested more than R11-billion in its local operations.
Currently more than 400 vehicles are assembled at the Silverton plant each day, at a rate of one new vehicle every 94 seconds, or approximately 33 an hour – with higher volumes on the cards in line with the expanded production capacity. Approximately two thirds of the vehicles assembled locally are exported, making it South Africa’s leader in light commercial vehicle (LCV) exports.
The New Ranger, which debuted in April 2018, coincided with the launch of the advanced new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo four-cylinder diesel engines, matched to a new 10-speed auto that contributes towards the latest model’s exceptional performance and efficiency. The latest Mustang is due to arrive in South Africa during in the second half of this year.
Currently Ford employs approximately 4300 people in South Africa within its local operations. Additionally, it supports around 50 000 jobs within the value chain amongst its suppliers.
Ford South Africa also has a proud legacy supporting the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems across the region over the past three decades, having invested around R40-million to assist more than 170 conservation projects.