By 2015, Ford plants around the world will be able to produce 25% more vehicles and their derivatives than they could turn out in 2011, company officials said Monday.
Increasing the range of models rolling off a single assembly line should help the maker better balance production and demand, said Mark Field, Ford president of the Americas, during an appearance at the maker’s plant in the southern suburbs of Detroit.
Long known as AutoAlliance, that plant was operated as part of a joint venture with Mazda Motors. The Japanese maker built its last Mazda6 sedan there last month, however, and Ford has now taken full control of the facility, renaming it the Flat Rock Assembly Plant – a reference to the town where it is base.
“The new Flat Rock Assembly Plant symbolizes the growth driven by our One Ford plan,” said Fields, adding Ford will be adding a second shift at the Flat Rock plant in the first half of 2013.