Ford Argentina transform your Pacheco Plant to provide its clients in Latin America with the new generation of Ford Ranger since 2023, a pick-up recognized for its robustness, technology and safety. The remodeling is already underway and includes structural reforms in the plants of Mounting, Print, Bodywork y Painting.
The transformation plan, a program in which global and local interdisciplinary teams participate, is articulated in different stages that include from the strategic planning of equipment and processes, through civil works and installation of new equipment, to the launch phases to produce the new generation of Ranger.
The Pacheco Plant stopped its production for five weeks in March and April in order to advance with the required structural changes. During this period, the Stamping area was intervened, where infrastructure works were carried out for the future installation of a new line of high-speed presses; this included earthworks and foundations work, and the elevation of existing roofs.
Ford launched the $ 580 million investment plan announced in 2020 to produce the next generation Ranger in Argentina from 2023.
In the Bodywork sector, new automatic cells with state-of-the-art technology were incorporated and are beginning to be installed 338 welding robots and handling, a process that will be completed in mid-2022.
The Assembly plant also presents modifications in this first stage: a completely new line was installed for the engine dress-up process and the required work was carried out in order to install the future chassis line, which will allow Greater flexibility for manufacturing the new Ranger platform.
The investment also includes new infrastructure: ceilings, floors and the lighting system are being completely revitalized, incorporating, in turn, the LED technology to contribute to the sustainability of the Pacheco Plant. This infrastructure transformation will make the plant more sustainable while consuming less energy.
During 2020, the Pacheco plant and its work teams began a transformation process implementing practices and technologies of Manufacturing 4.0 as an initial step to incorporate the new tools, equipment and state-of-the-art processes required by this project. At the same time that the restructuring and modernization of the factory progresses, Ford Argentina continues with the production of the Ranger under its current platform.