Ford is pulling back in many parts of Europe as it closes factories and lets workers go in areas where sales and demand are low. While some European plants like Ford’s French transmission factory have closed, Ford Otosan is gearing up to build transmissions domestically in Turkey for the first time. Engineers at Ford Otosan have commissioned the first heavy commercial transmission test rooms in Turkey.
This is said to be a significant step towards the mass production of the first transmissions inside the country. Ford Otosan is a joint venture between Ford and an automotive manufacturing firm called Koç Holding that was established in 1977 in its current form. Ford Otosan engineers have been working on the transmission for about two years now, and about $55.18 million has been invested in the project.
Ford plans to use the domestically produced transmissions in trucks made at the Eskişehir factory. The transmission test centers have in-house facilities for all testing needs and will give more cost advantage and improve the automaker’s competitiveness. Ford Otosan GM Haydar Yenigün said that the domestic production of the transmission was a milestone for the Turkish automotive industry.
Yenigün noted that the first domestic heavy commercial transmission production began at the beginning of last year. He said that the transmissions undergo thousands of hours of testing to ensure they can compete globally and prove they are durable, high-quality, and technologically sound.
The new transmission test rooms give the automaker a significant cost advantage. The testing at the centers meets all international standards and keeps national resources inside Turkey. Ford Otosan is working to obtain needed patents on the transmission test concept and software. Three transmission test rooms have been commissioned at the facility.
Source: Daily Sabah