Smart Manufacturing of the Ford Territory: An Exclusive Video for this Global SUV

The recently launched Ford Territory is an all-new global product which was designed by Ford in the studio at Ford Design House in Australia and manufactured in China. Already it has become a favourite among customers in numerous markets around the world, including Vietnam, Philippines, Asia Pacific markets, Middle East, Mexico and key South American markets.

Recently South Africa became the first right-hand drive (RHD) market to launch Territory, and it will soon be available in 11 Sub-Saharan Africa RHD markets.

The new Ford Territory marks the brand's highly anticipated return to the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, and is perfectly positioned as today’s family car. It offers a compelling blend of style and substance, making it the ideal choice for families who value space, comfort, and safety on their travels, whether on familiar roads in the city, or exploring new landscapes.

The Territory offers an enhanced driving experience with the 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged  EcoBoost petrol engine, giving the vehicle outputs of 138kW and 318Nm. It also features a 7-speed automatic transmission with rotary e-Shifter that helps change gears with the simple turn of a rotary dial located on the centre console.

In order to keep up with demand locally and for export, manufacturing of the Territory needs to deliver the highest quality product, in the most efficient way. This is achieved through the use of the latest intelligent manufacturing technologies and a high level of automation.

This exclusive video provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the new Territory, with some interesting facts and figures listed below.

Territory production facts and figures:

  • Highly Flexible and Automatic Production Line
  • Rapid Tool and Dye Switch within 150 seconds
    • This is the ability to change the tools and dies used in stamping or forming machines within 150 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 150 punches per minute
    • Punches per minute typically refers to the speed of a stamping or punching machine. These machines are used to shape or cut metal sheets by exerting pressure on them
  • Annual output of 1.4 million punches
  • Over 300 KUKA robots to assist in automation
    • KUKA robots are used for various automated tasks such as welding, assembly, material handling, packaging, and more.
  • One vehicle body off-line every two minutes
  • Remote diagnostics and control of equipment status
  • A leading EMS (Electrified Monorail System) +VAC (Vacuum Assist Control) hoisting and assembly technology
    • The EMS is a type of conveyor system. It consists of a network of powered overhead tracks, allowing for the automated transport of parts and assemblies throughout the manufacturing facility.
    • The VAC technology utilises vacuum systems to assist in the handling and assembly of parts. It can involve vacuum lifts that help pick up, move, and position parts accurately and with minimal manual effort.
    • By combining these technologies, automotive manufacturers can create a highly efficient, flexible, and safe manufacturing environment.