It also won its fifth OEM Exporter of the Year award, as well as its third IDC Job Creator Merit Award.
“We are honored and privileged to be named Exporter of the Year for 2022 and this is the first time we have won the overall award,” said Sean Govender, Ford Struandale Engine Plant Manager.
“This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire Ford team to ensure the sustainability and relevance of our business both here in Nelson Mandela Bay and overseas as part of Ford’s global manufacturing network.”
“The introduction of the V6 diesel engine required a high level of innovation and ingenuity from our team, as it is assembled on the same line as our existing 2.2L and 3.2L Duratorq TDCi engines, although it has been enlarged and thoroughly upgraded with significant quality improvements,” said Oscar Sundu, assistant manager of the Ford Struandale Engine Plant.
“This makes it the only Ford plant in the world to produce in-line and V-engines on the same line, which was important for us to contain the necessary investment costs and ensure our competitiveness globally in terms of cost per unit.”
The investment also helped upgrade the existing 2.0L single-turbo and 2.0L twin-turbo engine assembly line, with both engine programs supporting Ford’s highest-ever installed capacity for the Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, where production of the much-anticipated Next . – Ford Ranger pickup of a generation later this year.
Following a R15.8 billion investment in Silverton units and supplier tooling, Ford now has the installed capacity to produce 200,000 vehicles per year for domestic sales and export to more than 100 global markets.
“At the heart of each of these vehicles is the engine, which is proudly produced at the Struandale Engine Plant,” said Okert Berry, vice president of Ford South Africa operations.
“With more than two-thirds of the cars we produce for export markets, this is a major export achievement for the Struandale divisions, as well as our employees and supplier network.”
Since 2011, the Struandale plant has been machining Duratorq TDCi cylinder heads, blocks and crankshafts used for local engine assembly and export to other engine plants around the world. By the end of 2021, almost 7 million parts were manufactured, of which more than 4.2 million were exported.
Fully assembled Duratorq TDCi engines are produced for export customers and for Ford’s assembly operations in Pretoria. Assembly of Duratorq TDCi engines began in 2011, followed by 2.0L SiT/BiT engines in 2019, both of which are used in the current generation Ford Ranger bakkie and Everest SUV for domestic sales and export markets.