Ford Technology Development Efforts Recognized on the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators List
- Ford’s recent enhancements to spur employee innovation have resulted in a 60% increase in invention submissions
- The Employee Patent Incentive Awards program’s recent inclusion of earned memberships to TechShop Detroit showcase Ford’s unique ways to spur innovation
- Ford has earned nearly 500 patents on hybrid electric vehicle technology
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 4, 2012
– Technological innovation has been at the heart of Ford Motor Company for more than a century and this year Thomson Reuters has recognized that with a place on its Top 100 Global Innovators list. The full list can be found at http://www.top100innovators.com
“Developing creative solutions to real problems in mobility and manufacturing has always been a core of the Ford philosophy and today we are encouraging innovation more than ever,” says Bill Coughlin, CEO, Ford Global Technologies. “We’re in an increasingly competitive marketplace and embracing the challenge to continuously improve quality, safety, energy efficiency and technology.
Invention submissions are up 60% since the launch of the enhanced invention incentives that included memberships to TechShop as an early award.
“From the Model T and the moving assembly line to the latest C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids, Ford has been on the leading edge of using technology to benefit our customers and we don’t plan to slow the pace anytime soon,” adds Coughlin.
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