Today Is the 100th Anniversary of the Moving Assembly Line Invented by Ford Motor

Posted by at 3:34 pm on October 7, 2013

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line invented by Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Henry Ford, the company is building on its legacy of innovation by expanding advanced manufacturing capabilities and introducing groundbreaking technologies that could revolutionize mass production for decades to come.

Ford is rapidly expanding its advanced manufacturing capabilities and boosting global production to meet surging consumer demand. By 2017, Ford will increase its global flexible manufacturing to produce on average four different models at each plant around the world to allow for greater adaptability based on varying customer demand. Ford also projects 90 percent of its plants around the world will be running on a three-shift or crew model by 2017, which will help increase production time more than 30 percent.

“One hundred years ago, my great-grandfather had a vision to build safe and efficient transportation for everyone,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “I am proud he was able to bring the freedom of mobility to millions by making cars affordable to families and that his vision of serving people still drives everything we do today.”

“Ford’s new approach spread rapidly, not only to other automakers but also to manufacturers of phonographs, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and other consumer goods,” said Bob Casey, former curator of transportation at The Henry Ford, and author of The Model T: A Centennial History. “The assembly line became the characteristic American mode of production.”

Also in 2017, virtually all Ford vehicles will be built off nine core platforms, boosting manufacturing efficiency, while giving customers the features, fuel efficiency and technology they want anywhere in the world. Today, Ford builds vehicles on 15 platforms and has the freshest lineup in the industry.

“Henry Ford’s core principles of quality parts, workflow, division of labor and efficiency still resonate today,” said John Fleming, Ford executive vice president of global manufacturing. “Building on that tradition, we’re accelerating our efforts to standardize production, make factories more flexible and introduce advanced technologies to efficiently build the best vehicles possible at the best value for our customers no matter where they live.”

Ford’s recent expansions in global manufacturing and production have helped to retain 130,000 hourly and salaried jobs around the world.

They also put the company on pace to produce 6 million vehicles in 2013 – approximately 16 vehicles every 60 seconds around the world.

By 2015, Ford will have opened the facilities below:

  •  2011: Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant – Russia
  • 2012: Ford Sollers Naberezhnye Chelny Assembly Plant – Russia
  • 2012: Chongqing #2 Assembly Plant – China
  • 2012: Craiova Engine Plant – Romania
  • 2012: Ford Thailand Motors – Thailand
  • 2013: Chongqing Engine Plant – China
  • 2013: Nanchang Assembly – China
  • 2014: Camaçari Engine Plant – Brazil
  • 2014: Chongqing #3 Assembly Plant – China
  • 2014: Chongqing Transmission – China
  • 2014: Sanand Assembly Plant – India
  • 2014: Sanand Engine Plant – India
  • 2015: Hangzhou Assembly – China
  • 2015: Ford Sollers Elabuga Engine Plant – Russia

 

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