The Blue Oval has enjoyed its fair share of production milestones in recent months, building its 45-millionth powerplant at the Lima Engine plant in Ohio, two million 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engines at the Dagenham Engine plant in the UK, and a million engines at the Sanand Engine plant in India. Now, the Changan Ford Hangzhou plant in China joins that list, as the 50:50 joint venture between FoMoCo and Changan Automobile just celebrated a milestone of its own.
A grand total of 800,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly line at the Changan Ford Hangzhou plant since it began operations years ago, which prompted the joint venture to hold a bit of a celebration to mark this special occasion. Since 2015, the plant has focused on building six mid-to-high-end models that include the Ford Edge, Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, and Ford Edge L, to great success, as one can derive from this milestone.
The Hangzhou plant is also notable for the fact that every step of the automaking process takes place there – from stamping and welding to painting and final assembly – which isn’t incredibly common in the automotive world, where multiple plants are usually employed to complete those tasks. Regardless, Ford notes that this helps improve quality, which is evident from Changan Ford’s recent second-place ranking among all mass market manufacturers on J.D. Power’s 2023 China Vehicle Dependability Study.
Zhang Junyan, Vice President of Production and Logistics at Changan Ford, was on hand for the special celebration to thank workers for their dedication to making this happen, and he also pointed out that the Hangzhou plant has thus far enjoyed its most productive year in 2023 to date – a mark that it figures to exceed in the coming years, given its rapid ramp up thus far.