• Automaker spending US$2.5bn on new engine and transmission plants in the states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato
  • 3,800 new direct jobs will come from three projects – new engine plant in Chihuahua, expansion of I4 and diesel engine lines in Chihuahua and new transmission plant in Guanajuato
Ford is building a new transmission plant within supplier Getrags premises in Irapuato in Guanajuato state where a joint venture gearbox factory has operated since 2010. Photo shows production at a German gearbox plant

Ford is building a new transmission plant within supplier Getrag's premises in Irapuato in Guanajuato state where a joint venture gearbox factory has operated since 2010. Photo shows production at a German gearbox plant

Ford has confirmed an earlier-reported spend of $2.5bn on two new factories in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato to make engines and transmissions.

The plan includes the automaker's first transmission plant in Mexico.

Ford, which has operated in Mexico for 90 years, said the new factories would create 3,800 direct new jobs.

The new engine factory will be added to Ford’s existing Chihuahua Engine Plant and will produce a new petrol motor. The $1.1bn investment and 1,300 new jobs there will allow the automaker to export engines to the US, Canada, South America and the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the company’s growing small car lines which are now sold worldwide.

Another $200m will be spent - creating 500 more new jobs - to expand production of current I4 and diesel engines in Chihuahua. This, Ford said, would make the factory the biggest engine plant in Mexico.

In addition, with longtime partner Getrag (with which Ford has numerous transmission making joint ventures and supply deals, especially for the dual clutch units popular in Europe) the automaker is building a new transmission plant within the supplier's premises in Irapuato in Guanajuato state (that joint venture facility was announced during 2008).

That $1.2bn spend will create another 2,000 new jobs and, despite the exisiting joint venture with Getrag, is being billed as Ford’s first transmission factory in Mexico. It will produce two new automatic transmissions for key vehicle models sold primarily in South America, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as elsewhere in North America.

"Ford is making a significant commitment to our business in Mexico with investment in two new facilities while aiming to make our vehicles even more fuel efficient with a new generation of engines and transmissions," said Joe Hinrichs, the automaker's president of The Americas.

"These new engines and transmissions will help deliver even better driving experiences and fuel economy gains for customers around the world."

"Today’s announcement is an important milestone in [our] 90 year history in Mexico," said Gabriel Lopez, Ford of Mexico president and CEO. "Currently within [the company], Mexico is the fourth vehicle producer, the fourth largest engine producer and is the second largest nation supplying [our] global manufacturing facilities. We look forward to delivering even more great products, including new engines and now transmissions."

Ford has 11,300 employees in Mexico where the Fiesta, Fusion [NAFTA Mondeo] and Lincoln MKZ plus hybrid versions of both are manufactured. Ford also has an engineering centre there, employing 1,100 engineers to support global projects.

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Ford Announces $2.5 Billion USD Investment for New Engine, Transmission Plants in Mexico

  • Ford is investing $2.5 billion USD in new engine and transmission plants in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato, respectively
  • Approximately 3,800 direct jobs will be generated through three projects – a new engine plant in Chihuahua, expansion of Ford’s I-4 and diesel engine lines in Chihuahua and a new transmission plant – Ford’s first in Mexico – in Guanajuato
  • The investment is part of the company’s One Ford plan, which emphasizes global competitiveness. The news comes as Ford celebrates its 90th year in Mexico

Further building its lineup of increasingly fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, Ford today announced a $2.5 billion investment in two new facilities building a new generation of engines and transmissions in the states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato, respectively.

The investment, which comes during the celebration of Ford’s 90th anniversary in the country, will bring 3,800 direct new jobs plus additional indirect jobs to Mexico. Ford officials announced the investment today during a ceremony with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other members of the country’s Federal Government.

“Ford is making a significant commitment to our business in Mexico with investment in two new facilities, while aiming to make our vehicles even more fuel-efficient with a new generation of engines and transmissions our team in Mexico will build,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of The Americas. “These new engines and transmissions will help deliver even better driving experiences and fuel economy gains for customers around the world.”

The new engine facility is being built within Ford’s Chihuahua Engine Plant, where the company will produce a new gasoline-powered engine. This $1.1 billion investment and 1,300 new jobs will allow Ford to export engines to the U.S., Canada, South America and the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the company’s growing small car lineup.

An additional $200 million dollar investment as well as the creation of 500 more new jobs is tied to the expansion of Ford’s current I-4 and Diesel engines production in Chihuahua. As a result of these investments, the Ford Engine Plant in Chihuahua will become the biggest engine plant in Mexico.

In addition, Ford is building a new transmission plant within the premises of transmission supplier and longtime partner Getrag, which is based in the City of Irapuato in the State of Guanajuato. This $1.2 billion investment brings approximately 2,000 new jobs.

This new plant – Ford’s first transmission facility in Mexico – will produce two all-new automatic transmissions for key products primarily in South America, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as other North American markets.

“Today’s announcement is an important milestone in Ford’s 90-year history in Mexico,” said Gabriel Lopez, Ford of Mexico’s president and CEO. “Currently within Ford, Mexico is the fourth vehicle producer, the fourth largest engine producer and is the second largest nation supplying Ford’s global manufacturing facilities. We look forward to delivering even more great products, including new engines and now transmissions, to serve Ford customers around the world.”

Ford has 11,300 employees in Mexico. The Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ as well as the hybrid versions of both are manufactured in Mexico. Ford also has established an Engineering Center in Mexico, which employs more than 1,100 engineers who support global projects. 

 

Original source: Ford