The US$ 1 billion manufacturing facility started commercial production in 1999 and produces the Ford EcoSport, Ford Fiesta and Ford Endeavour. The integrated complex also houses an engine assembly plant that started commercial operations in 2008. The engine plant features Ford’s single-flexible production line, configured to build both petrol and diesel engines simultaneously. The facility has an installed capacity to assemble up to 200,000 vehicles and 340,000 engines a year.
Ford has implemented several environment-friendly practices at its Chennai plant and this is one of their five zero-landfill facilities in the Asia Pacific region, where all hazardous waste is either recycled or co-processed into allied cement industries. The company has reduced its energy consumption at Chennai by 16% and water consumption by 30% in producing each car since 2009 through various process improvements. The plant also treats and reuses 100% of its water within the facility, making this a zero liquid discharge factory.
The Chennai facility employs a workforce of over 6000 and has been key to Ford’s ‘Make in India’ vision, establishing India as a global manufacturing hub for small cars and low-displacement engines. Apart from meeting local demand, the vehicles and engines made here are exported to more than 40 markets across the globe, including parts of ASEAN, Europe, Middle-East and Africa.