South Africa seems an unlikely location to source for Ford to build all of its new Duratorq TDCi diesel engine destined for the not-for-USA Ford Ranger pickup, but Ford announced today that Ford South Africa’s Struandale engine plant will be a “global hub” of diesel engines.
Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant has upgraded and expanded its assembly and machining capabilities and now has an annual production capacity of 75,000 engines and 220,000 engine component kits. The engines will be used in Rangers built in South Africa for local consumption while the engine kits are exported to other Ford Ranger assembly plants. Struandale is the only Ford facility that shares both component machining and engine assembly for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine program supporting the Ford Ranger.
Ford has the capability of building 110,000 Rangers in South Africa. Said Ford executive vice president and chief financial officer Lewis Booth, “I am pleased to announce today that this All-New Ford Ranger will be exported from South Africa to 148 markets around the world, solidifying South Africa’s role as a key operation in Ford’s global manufacturing footprint.”
Who knew, although South Africa is well positioned to serve both Atlantic ports and Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia destinations. And unlikely or not, there it is.
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