Ford Caps Giant China Manufacturing Initiative
Ford Motor (F) pushes the start button today on an all-new engine plant in China’s Jiangxi province, finishing off an wide-ranging manufacturing expansion the company said was its most ambitious in the last half-century.
The $150-million JMC Xiaolan Engine Plant in Nanchang initially will build Ecoboost turbocharged 2-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engines for Ford Transit commercial vans, as well as the new Ford Everest crossover and Tourneo multi-purpose vehicle. The engine plant has capacity for 200,000 engines and is the first engine plant in Nanchang, where Ford also has two vehicle assembly plants.
With auto companies all over the globe still scrambling for position in China, startup of the JMC Xiaolan plant caps an extensive Ford manufacturing program that’s seen seven all-new vehicle, engine and transmission plants built in the country since 2012. With the completion of this latest, rapid expansion phase, Ford now has a total of ten manufacturing facilities in China.