- Ford is investing €600 million in its Saarlouis Vehicle Assembly Operations, in Germany, to prepare for the production of the next-generation Ford Focus
- Significant investment reconfirms Ford’s commitment to Germany, the company’s main base in Europe, where it employs more than 25,000 people
- Saarlouis investment follows improvements in cost efficiency and productivity, and is focused on hi-tech manufacturing and energy generation
- The next-generation Ford Focus will be designed and engineered at Ford’s technical centre in Cologne for the world
Ford is investing €600 million in its Saarlouis Vehicle Assembly Operations, in Germany, in preparation for the production of the next‑generation Ford Focus.
“This €600 million investment reconfirms Ford’s continuing commitment to Germany, our main centre of operations in Europe,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We employ more than 25,000 people in Germany – more than anywhere else in Europe.
“We have extensive vehicle and engine manufacturing facilities in both Saarlouis and Cologne, which is also home to a major design and engineering operation, and responsible for developing vehicles for customers worldwide. Furthermore, we have the Ford Research and Innovation Center, in Aachen, working on future technologies.”
The investment follows improvements in cost efficiency and productivity at Saarlouis, in line with the German Works Council agreement signed in June 2014, and which also confirmed Cologne as the single European source for the next-generation Fiesta – the latest example of Ford’s top-selling nameplate in the region – which will go into production later this year.
The Saarlouis investment is for state-of-the-art production equipment, logistical support, and energy supply projects. Of particular importance is the investment in two new press systems that enable hot stamping of high-strength boron steels. The technique enables the steels to be processed directly into car body parts, supporting lightweight construction in vehicle production.
Part of the investment also includes a more efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply. In cooperation with STEAG New Energies, Ford is employing five new cogeneration units in the plant to supply electricity and heating for the plant while reducing CO2 emissions by 20 per cent.
“Make no mistake, Germany is vital to Ford’s global business, not only today but – as this significant €600 million investment in Saarlouis shows – also into the future,” said Farley.