NANCHANG, Jiangxi – Jiangling Motors Corp. (JMC), which Ford Motor Co. has a 31.5 percent stake in, opened its Xiaolan Plant here on June 20 by producing the 7 millionth Ford Transit van worldwide.
The Xiaolan Plant, with a $300 million investment, more than doubles JMC’s annual vehicle production capacity to 545,000 units from 245,000 units previously. It produces both Ford- and JMC-branded vehicles on a highly flexible production line that takes advantage of Ford’s global manufacturing expertise to ensure high quality while maximizing efficiency.
“Jiangling has been a great partner for Ford in China and we are excited about the expansion of our partnership,” said Ford President & CEO Alan Mulally, who was on hand for the opening. “We have a long-term commitment to this partnership and have plans in place to further increase capacity, bring in great new products, and introduce Ford’s leading global technologies.”
In addition to launching the Xiaolan Plant, Ford and JMC also announced plans for a brand new engine plant in its Xiaolan manufacturing base. The new engine plant will have initial annual capacity of 200,000 units.
As part of its expansion of the JMC partnership, Ford will bring two new global products to JMC: an all-new Ford commercial vehicle as well as an all-new Ford SUV catered specifically to the Chinese market. When launched, Ford will have a full portfolio of vehicles in the heavy duty truck, light commercial, and SUV segments in China.
The opening of the Xiaolan Plant is part of a series of recent moves by Ford in the 17-year partnership with JMC. In April, Ford announced an increased stake in JMC – from 30 to 31.5 percent. In August 2012, JMC moved to acquire Taiyuan Heavy Truck, giving Ford a major foothold in the heavy-duty truck segment through JMC.