ENGINEERING: Tectra's Support For Ford's Puma Project
Recent Western Cape Business News
IN a contract valued at an estimated R3 billion, Tectra Automation, is to provide the Ford Struandale facility in Port Elizabeth with on-site service support for the duration of the Puma Engine Machining project.
The Puma project will entail the export of new four- and five-cylinder engines to both Europe and the United States. This new generation, turbocharged, common-rail diesel engine utilises Ford’s newest power train technologies and complies with the latest EU5 emissions standards; bringing matching benefits in environmental compatibility, fuel efficiency and performance.
Tectra Automation’s relationship with Ford will involve on-site assistance during the installation and commissioning of approximately 100 advanced new machines by various machine builders from abroad. The project will produce an estimated 220 000 machined components per year, of which about 75 000 will be used in local vehicle production. The first production engine is scheduled to come offline in August 2011. The project will create many jobs in the region that previously starved due to the current economic climate.
The on-site support will consist of a close working relationship with all machine builders and Ford personnel. The Puma engine will be utilised in many vehicle models across the range, including the Ford Transit, Mondeo, Ranger, Jaguar X type, Land Rover Defender, Free-lander and Mazda BT50.
Tectra Automation will train Ford personnel, ranging from machine operators to maintenance artisans, to gain a better understanding of Bosch Rexroth Electric Drives and Control products.
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