CBI lecture hears of business best practice from Ford CEO

27 September 2010 #SMMT News

Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, today delivered the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) Annual Lecture to an audience of business leaders.

In addition to discussing the plans that were put in place to turn around the company’s fortunes, Mulally described the importance of the company’s UK manufacturing facilities and the significance of the UK market.
He emphasised the value of Ford’s UK presence as a major pillar of its global structure: "It has a global role and one that can grow in importance".
Making specific reference to the significance of the brand’s UK powertrain engineering and manufacturing expertise, he commented, "Ford in Britain can produce two million engines a year including the latest low-CO2 technology petrol engines from Ford Bridgend and highly-efficient diesel engines from Ford Dagenham. One-third of the company’s cars globally are powered by engines manufactured and engineered in Britain."
Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre, with its responsibilities for both powertrain and commercial engineering, is the largest facility of its type in the UK and it is a key contributor to the company being the UK’s 11th largest R&D investor across all sectors. The UK is the second largest market for Ford vehicles outside the US – again emphasising the country’s global significance.
In 2011 Ford of Britain celebrates its centenary and the 100th year of manufacturing in the UK. This historic event is being matched by Ford’s commitment to a £1.5 billion investment programme over the next five years in low-CO2 manufacturing and engineering facilities at Bridgend, Dagenham, Dunton and Southampton.

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