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Ford Motor Company Struandale Engine Plant – Struanway, South Africa

The Ford Motor Company Struandale engine plant is an engine manufacturing facility located in the Strunway district of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Operating alongside the Ford Motor Company Silverton assembly plant, under the South African Motor Coporation (Samcor) administration, the Struandale engine plant currently overseas the assembly of the Ford 2.2L Duratorq and Ford 3.2L Duratorq engines. The facility also focuses its operations on general machining for Ford vehicles as well as manifold production.

As a matter of fact, the plant currently has an annual production capacity of 250,000 machined components kits, comprised of engine heads, blocks and crankshafts destined for the Ford Duratorq TDCi engine. Approximately 75,000 of these components are dedicated to the Ford Ranger while the remaining parts are exported to Ford engine assembly plants located in Thailand and Argentina.

This page shows information about the Ford Motor Company Struandale engine plant.

Quick Facts

Year opened1964
Facility size45,000 square feet (4,180 m2)
Land occupied48 acres
LocationStruanway, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Hourly employeesN/A
Salaried employeesN/A
Total employees500


EnginesProduction Years
Ford 2.2L Duratorq2004 - present
Ford 3.2L Duratorq2010 - present

Historical Timeline

  • 1961: The Silverton and Struandale plants are built for Chrysler. Early models assembled there include the Chrysler Valiant and the Peugeot 504.
  • 1985: merger is created between the Ford Motor Company of Canada’s South African subsidiary and Sigma (previously known as Amcar – American Motors Corporation), creating the South African Motor Corporation (Samcor).
  • 1994: Ford (USA) buys a 45 per cent stake in Samcor. In 1998, it purchases the remaining share, renaming the company Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
  • 2015: Samcor, now under complete Ford ownership, closes all of its assembly plants and transfers all of its manufacturing activities to the Silverton and Struandale assembly plants.


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