A pioneering supplier-park concept instigated 18 months ago at Ford’s Valencia factory will be extended to its Saarlouis plant in Germany when the firm begins production of Escort replacement the Focus shortly.
The production line at the Valencia plant which produces Ka and Escort is linked by three conveyors to 15 suppliers adjacent to the factory. These suppliers provide 19 modules and sub-assemblies, in sequence, to the assembly line.
The main conveyor is 250m long. All are computer controlled and enclosed, and connect the assembly plant with the Almussafes industrial park.
One conveyor is dedicated to Johnson Controls, which supplies seats direct to the assembly line. Another main conveyor supplies parts. A third links body parts with the body operation.
Coinciding with production of the Focus, a fourth tunnel will open. This will be a spur from the main conveyor, linking the plant with a 40,000m2 consolidation centre, which will receive and sort components from a range of suppliers for delivery to the assembly line.