Η Ford και η Hyundai ανακοίνωσαν ότι προσθέτουν και τρίτη βάρδια στα εργοστάσια τους σε Cleveland και Alabama ώστε να προλάβουν την ζήτηση. Η Ford κατασκευάζει στο εργοστάσιο του Cleveland τους 3.5-λίτρων και 3.7-λίτρων V6 Ecoboost κινητήρες, που τοποθετούνται στα Ford Taurus, F-150, Mustang Flex καθώς και στα Lincoln MKS και MKT, προσλαμβάνοντας 250 νέους υπαλλήλους.
Από την μεριά της η Hyundai ανακοίνωσε ότι προσέλαβε 877 νέους υπαλλήλους στο εργοστάσιο της στη πόλη Montgomery της Alabama, ώστε να λειτουργήσει και τρίτη βάρδια, αφού δεν προλαβαίνει την ζήτηση. Το εργοστάσιο αρχικά ήταν δυναμικότητας 300.000 μονάδων ετησίως, αλλά μετά την προσθήκη και της 3ης βάρδιας, το νούμερο αυτό θα ανέβει στις 385.000 μονάδες.
Τέλος δες και ένα video της Ford Αυστραλίας όπου θέλεις να μας δείξει με ένα διαφορετικό τρόπο, πόσο δυνατοί είναι οι νέοι Ecoboost κινητήρες με πρωταγωνιστές 2 βατράχους.
[Πηγή: Hyundai, Ford]
HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA, LLC ADDING THIRD PRODUCTION SHIFT
Strategy will increase 2012 production capacity by 20,000 units
Montgomery, Ala., April 30, 2012 — Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) today announced plans to add a third shift of production at its Montgomery facility. HMMA will add 877 positions to support the addition of the third shift bringing the total number of jobs created at the plant to more than 3,000. HMMA’s 2012 production capacity will increase by approximately 20,000 units.
“The continued success of Hyundai’s Sonata and Elantra in North America is a direct reflection of the dedication to quality and craftsmanship by every HMMA team member,” said Young Deuk Lim, HMMA president and chief executive officer. “This commitment is the key reason Hyundai Motor Company chose to continue to invest in the people of Alabama and increase vehicle production in Montgomery.”
The transition to three shifts will begin in September 2012. Job applications and pre-employment training will begin this summer. The hiring process will be facilitated by Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT). The increased volume at HMMA will also create more jobs at nearby suppliers.
HMMA began producing the newly redesigned Sonata in December 2009, and the sedan has consistently been Hyundai’s best-selling vehicle. The Alabama-built Sonata represents 33 percent of Hyundai’s U.S. sales. The newly redesigned Elantra has been assembled at HMMA since October 2010 and, together with production from Korea, represents 31 percent of Hyundai’s U.S. sales. Canadian sales of the Sonata and Elantra account for more than 14 percent of HMMA’s annual production.
Hyundai Motor America sales were up 20 percent during 2011. The announcement of additional U.S. production capacity comes as Hyundai’s U.S. sales broke an all-time sales record in March 2012. Through March 2012, sales of the Sonata and Elantra sedans have already seen year-over-year sales increase of six percent and eight percent, respectively, which is above the record levels set during 2011.
Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant Starts Third Shift to Meet Growing Demand for Fuel-Efficient EcoBoost V6 Engines
• Ford adds third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for its popular, fuel-efficient V6 engines – including EcoBoost® engines, the cornerstone of Ford’s commitment to deliver affordable fuel economy to millions • The third shift, requiring approximately 250 jobs, primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is ending production • Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines built at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 power Ford Taurus, F-150 and Flex; and Lincoln MKS and MKT; the Cleveland-built 3.7-liter V6 engines power Mustang and F-150
CLEVELAND, May 1, 2012 – Growing customer demand for cars and trucks powered by Ford’s fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and 3.7-liter V6 engines brings a third shift of engine production to Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 beginning Monday.
“Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers’ growing needs for fuel-efficient engines,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, at an employee celebration at the plant today.” EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice – from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics.”
Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging.
This solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. In 2011, Ford sold a record 121,000 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines when F-150 began offering an EcoBoost option.
In first-quarter 2012 alone, Ford sold more than 39,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, representing more than a 285 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011.
Cleveland Engine’s 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine for two iconic Ford vehicles – Mustang and F-150 – and is a favorite among customers.
The F-150 3.7-liter V6 outsells all other competitive V6 full-size trucks and carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The Ford Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 and available six-speed transmission broke new ground as the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever with 31 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.
The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is scheduled to end production later this week.
Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, allowing the company to better meet increasing demand for America’s best-selling vehicle.