Ford India, the fully owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company confirms that this upcoming plant in Sanand, Gujarat will be one of the most automated car manufacturing plants in entire Asia Pacific and Africa. It will have 95% automation in the plant’s body shop as compared to other Ford plant across the globe where level of automation stands at just 30%.
The new Ford plant in Sanand, its second in the country after Chennai plant, will have initial production capacities of 2.4 lakh units and 2.7 lakh engines. Gearing up for commencement of production, 13 component suppliers have also moved into the area within 3 kms from the Ford plant.
Ford India will start the production of prototypes at their new plant later this year, while the actual car production is expected to start early in 2015. A previous report revealed that the production will start by March 2015, and the first two cars to be produced here will be Figo hatchback and sedan.
In the meantime, Ford India has noted increased overall sales. During the month of July 2014, the company reported an increase of 23.86% sales with 15,282 units sold during the month as compared to 12,388 units sold in July 2014.Though domestic sales decreased marginally from 7,867 units in July 2013 to 7,592 units in July 2014, exports increased by 71.99% to 7,690 units, up from 4,471 units in the same month last year. Ford India now gears up for the upcoming festive season in the country and has even improved supplies to that deliveries of their best selling EcoSport model meets with increased demand.
Below is the image gallery of Ford India’s Sanand plant. Compared to the earlier photos we brought, these new photos confirm that the plant is almost ready.
via India Today