Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Truck Plant Body Shop Now Features Flexible Manufacturing

Written by Jenny McLane

Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Truck Plant Body Shop Now Features Flexible Manufacturing

Ford Motor Company is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. It is one ofrepparttar world's largest automakers, with approximately 318,000 employees in 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz. Ford Motor Company observed its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.

Ford Motor Company has announced that they shall be investing $300,000 in a 240,000-square-foot, flexible body shop expansion atrepparttar 102735 Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

"This has been a tough, but gratifying year in manufacturing for Ford. We've transformed our plants to bring more products, faster to our customers," said Matt DeMars, Ford vice president, Vehicle Operations. "Our goal is to build stability and standardization into our North American assembly and stamping plants, which is what flexible and lean manufacturing is all about."

Ford has had a wonderful year in terms of sales and productions. Plus, they have launched a record number of vehiclesrepparttar 102736 previous year and would like to sustainrepparttar 102737 rhythm for 2005. They are now doing well in trying to meet their previously stated commitment of infusing flexible manufacturing into 75% of its body manufacturing shops, trim and final assembly operations byrepparttar 102738 end of this decade. Flexibility inrepparttar 102739 body shops isrepparttar 102740 most crucial component of flexible manufacturing due torepparttar 102741 complexity andrepparttar 102742 cost ofrepparttar 102743 operation involved. Ford’s innovative flexible body shop system requires less expenditure than both time-honored methods of traditional body shops and other devised flexible manufacturing systems.

With lasts year’s successful sales and production, Ford is hard pressed to surpassrepparttar 102744 impressive numbers they have previously posted. Atrepparttar 102745 start of 2004 Ford launched an onslaught with production ofrepparttar 102746 F-150 atrepparttar 102747 Dearborn Truck Plant;repparttar 102748 Ford GT atrepparttar 102749 Wixom Assembly Plant;repparttar 102750 Escape Hybrid atrepparttar 102751 Kansas City Assembly Plant;repparttar 102752 Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle and Mercury Montego in Chicago;repparttar 102753 Mercury Mariner atrepparttar 102754 Ohio Assembly Plant; andrepparttar 102755 Ford Mustang at AutoAlliance International. Ford plans to be just as aggressive to maintain if not surpassrepparttar 102756 same numbers asrepparttar 102757 preceding sales year.

DeMars credits their highly successful launches torepparttar 102758 Ford Company’s focus on quality; their well planned processes and to their manpower. The people behindrepparttar 102759 manufacturing of their vehicles arerepparttar 102760 heart ofrepparttar 102761 whole operation. "We are committed to getting our launches right. We know that a strong launch is critical to a vehicle's success," he said. "The Ford Production System, our Launch Quality Operating Systems and our Safety Leadership Initiative are important tools in our manufacturing system."

The aforementioned Michigan Truck Plant producesrepparttar 102762 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. This particular plant employs more than 3,000 hourly employees. The addition ofrepparttar 102763 flexible body plant will certainly expandrepparttar 102764 production capabilities ofrepparttar 102765 plant. Details on future products that maybe produced onrepparttar 102766 truck plant will be announced at a future date.

New 2005 Lexus RX 330 Unveiled for 2005:

Written by Jenny McLane

New 2005 Lexus RX 330 Unveiled for 2005:

This Hot Selling Vehicle from Lexus is given a Special Edition to entice more buyers.

Early January this year Lexus sprung a pleasant surprise on its followers by announcing and unveiling a Special Edition ofrepparttar 2005 Lexus RX 330. They did this last January 9, 2005 atrepparttar 102734 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Lexus is calling this special edition ofrepparttar 102735 Lexus RX 330repparttar 102736 “Thundercloud” Edition.

Here only in its second season, it reinstates its foothold asrepparttar 102737 best selling luxury SUV from last year. The Lexus RX 330 was redesigned and introduced as an all-new model for 2004. Sleeker, more stylish and more powerful thanrepparttar 102738 best-selling model it replaced,repparttar 102739 RX 330 glides into its second season with added luxury.

Lexus just won’t rest on its laurels, even withrepparttar 102740 league leading sales ofrepparttar 102741 Lexus RX 330,repparttar 102742 2005 special edition is expected to add new depth and dimension torepparttar 102743 lineup and withrepparttar 102744 supplements of several enhancements designed to give future clients a very desirable new choice.

When it was launched last year,repparttar 102745 Lexus RX set a higher bar of standard forrepparttar 102746 modern luxury utility vehicle. The innovative RX 300 pioneeredrepparttar 102747 crossover style of SUV based on a uni-body car platform rather than a heavy-duty truck frame. Crossovers provide improved ride and handling. They offer more cargo room than a car. They also giverepparttar 102748 driver a better view overrepparttar 102749 traffic and a sense of security from an elevated driving position. Overall, it’s a car that mutated to a truck.

The original did all of those things, but this new, second-generation RX does them much better. Swift and silent, it rides more quietly than most cars, not to mention other SUVs. It glides over bumpy roads and its airy cabin is luxurious and captivating. While crossover vehicles offer neitherrepparttar 102750 big towing capacity norrepparttar 102751 off-road capability of a true truck,repparttar 102752 RX 330 handles gravel roads just fine and can tow up to 3500 pounds withrepparttar 102753 optional trailer package.

Every one ofrepparttar 102754 2005 Thundercloud Edition RX 330s are obtainable withrepparttar 102755 performance, luxury and convenience features found inrepparttar 102756 standard RX 330, includingrepparttar 102757 Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), Mark Levinson audio, rear seat DVD entertainment system and more.

Two new colors are also available forrepparttar 102758 2005 RX 330 but only forrepparttar 102759 special edition. The Thundercloud Metallic is a rich gray metallic color and is matched with light gray interior with leather-trimmed seats and black bird’s eye maple wood trim. Flint mica is another alternative color available that’s exclusive forrepparttar 102760 special edition. The grille lends an elegant look with chrome horizontal bars that convey its connection to other Lexus models. "Thundercloud" badges onrepparttar 102761 front doors and floor mats identify this special edition. New five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with contrasting rings completerepparttar 102762 package with fresh details.

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