US Ford to increase North American production by 200,000 units

22 May 2013 19:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday that it will increase its North American manufacturing capacity by 200,000 vehicles to meet increased demand for its cars and light trucks.

The Dearborn, Michigan, auto maker said it will increase its output by adding shifts at some of its plants and shortening the annual summer shutdowns.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) estimates that each automobile contains an average of $3,297 (€2,571) worth of chemicals, such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), nylon, polycarbonate (PC) and others.

Ford built 2.8m vehicles in North America in 2012 and US auto sales are forecast to be about 15.5m units this year.

According to the company, it is already working at near full capacity, and cutting its annual shutdown period by just one week will add 40,000 units. It also plans to speed up production at other plants to meet demand.

Ford recently said it would add a third shift to its Kansas City, Missouri, F-150 pickup truck plant, adding 900 workers. It also is adding a shift of workers to an assembly plant near Detroit that will make the Fusion sedan as well as the Mustang.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Mark Yost
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