According to executives of the company, the Detroit automaker mapped out a plan to build one-third more vehicles globally by adding more plants in emerging markets, overhauling its production methods and running most of its factories around the clock by 2017.
The efforts build on Chief Executive Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” system to cut costs and boost output by adopting a unified manufacturing strategy. This strategy has been the cornerstone of Mulally’s restructuring of Ford over the last seven years.
“As we’ve restructured and kept with our core principle of keeping capacity sized with demand, we’re now able to fully utilize capacity around the world and get our absolute maximum from them,” John Fleming, Ford’s head of global manufacturing, told reporters at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.
By 2017, when Ford will have around 80 factories, Ford plans to build nearly all its cars and trucks off nine platforms, down from 15 currently. By that year, Ford factories will be able to build an average of 4 different models or derivatives, up from an average of just over 3 currently.
Also, 90% of Ford’s global plants will run three shifts by 2017, which would boost production by 30 percent. Currently about 65% of Ford factories run three shifts. The company is also building 14 new factories as part of a global expansion that began in 2011 in countries like China and India.
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