In May Ford Motor plans to officially open its $450 million Rayong manufacturing facility, located in Thailand.
The plant in Rayong province, 200 kilometres east of Bangkok, will have an initial capacity production of 150,000 units and will start building the Ford Focus passenger car this year for Thailand and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Around 85% of the production will be exported, mostly to other south-east Asian nations and to Australia.
The plant, which will be built on land owned by Hemaraj Land & Development, Thailand’s biggest industrial developer by market value, will cover about 70 acres and will be close to the existing Auto Alliance plant. Almost 2,200 jobs will be offered and extra 8,800 among the company’s suppliers.
“This investment underscores our long term commitment to Thailand, and its role as a global production and export hub for Ford,” commented Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford’s Asia and Africa business.
The first months of this year brought Thailand a car production of 620,116 vehicles, thanks to rising domestic sales and to the global recovery from economic crisis, which also boosted overseas shipments. Next week, Ford will present its plans to increase production capacity a plant in South Africa, which will give the company the possibility to export more Ford Ranger trucks to Europe and other markets.