Ford India's Chennai production facility has achieved the milestone of producing 1 million vehicles. The millionth vehicle was a Ford EcoSport in white shade, which was rolled out recently. Just so you know, the American automaker's Chennai facility commenced operations around 16 years back in 1999 and is worth USD 1 Billion. The manufacturing unit also comprises of an engine assembly plant that started commercial operations in 2008.
Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, Executive Director - Manufacturing, Ford Chennai Vehicle Assembly & Engine Plant, said, "Chennai is from where we started our make in India journey. Apart from being a global manufacturing hub for Ford, the facility has set new benchmarks in adopting processes that not only ensure global quality but significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The millionth vehicle and engine production milestone stands as a testament to the passion and dedication of more than 6,000 hardworking men and women at Chennai." The integrated Chennai facility has an installed capacity to assemble up to 2,00,000 vehicles and 3,40,000 engines a year.
Apart from meeting local demand, the quality vehicles and engines made at Ford's Chennai facility are exported to more than 40 markets across the globe, including parts of ASEAN, Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Several of the company vehicles, including the EcoSport, Fiesta and Endeavour are manufactured at this facility. In addition, the engine plant features Ford's single-flexible production line, configured to build both petrol and diesel engines simultaneously.