Ford to Build Third Plant in China

Sept. 25, 2009
Plant will open in 2012 and produce the Focus

Ford and its Chinese partner announced on Sept. 25 they will build a third plant in China. Ford will run the new $490 million plant in southwestern Chongqing through Changan Ford Mazda, its joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co and Japan's Mazda Motor Corp, the company said.

The plant, due to open in 2012, will produce Ford's Focus compact car with an initial capacity for 150,000 vehicles a year.

The one-million-square-meter facility will boost Ford's and Mazda's combined annual production capacity to 600,000 vehicles from 447,000 in China -- where it is lagging behind U.S. rival and local market leader General Motors, Ford said.

GM's partnerships and joint ventures give it a total capacity of 1.29 million vehicles a year, including low-cost micro vans.

Ford ranks number 12 in terms of sales in China, according to analysts J.D. Power and Associates, lagging far behind GM, Volkswagen AG, Hyundai Motor Company and Toyota Motor Company -- China's top four automakers by sales.

Ford sold 197,212 vehicles in the first half of the year, up 14% from a year earlier but the growth was dwarfed by GM, which shipped 814,442 units in the same period, up 38% year on year.

China's total vehicle sales, helped by Beijing's efforts to stimulate domestic consumption, outstripped those of the U.S. for the first time in January -- making the Asian giant the world's largest car market.

Total vehicle sales in China for the first half of the year were 6.09 million units, up 17.7% year-on-year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

Popular Sponsored Recommendations

3D Printing a More Efficient Factory Floor

Nov. 16, 2023
Today’s additive manufacturing platforms make it simple to print a wide range of high-performing industrial parts as soon as possible and right where you need them — unlocking...

Powering Up Productivity: The Transformative Power of AP Automation in Manufacturing

Oct. 25, 2023
Discover how AP Automation is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry, driving efficiency, cost savings, and security. In today's world, automation is the key to staying competitive...

State of Sales Report

Sept. 12, 2023
Discover the latest insights driving productivity and efficiency for more than 7,700 sales leaders and professionals.

Modern Edge Computing Accelerates Smart Manufacturing Initiatives for Discrete Manufacturers

Oct. 22, 2023
Discover how Edge Computing platforms are a requisite for discrete manufacturers to solve production challenges, accelerate digitalization, and establish a reliable infrastructure...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!