Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Chinese producer wins Ford's biggest order for automatic press
Chinese machine tool companies are slowly moving up the value chain.
JIER Machine Tool Group Company, a leading manufacturer of machine tools in China, has won an order from Detroit-based Ford Motor Company for five large-scale automatic press production lines at two of its factories, the company's president Zhang Zhigang announced on Dec. 29.
It is the first time in nearly 20 years that Ford Motor has bought complete sets of press equipment from a country other than Germany.
JIER will finish the turnkey project, namely delivering the five production lines to Ford Motor in a ready-to-use condition by 2013.
The U.S. automaker's order is the single largest export order that Chinese machine tool producers have ever received.
Among the five press production lines, which will reach top-grade international level, one will be installed at Ford's new factory in central United States, and it will be the factory's only press line.
The other four will be installed at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Detroit, the oldest factory of Ford Motor and a symbol of the U.S. automobile culture, to replace its existing press lines.