Ford, Rockwell partner for EV assembly technology

At Automation Fair in Chicago, Rockwell Automation, Inc. today announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company to jointly develop and implement assembly tooling designs and architectures for the next three electric vehicle assembly sites.

“We are increasing our commitment to building world-class electric vehicles for the future and solidifying the relationship between Rockwell and Ford that has spanned more than 75 years,” said Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation.

One of the locations where Rockwell will design, build and install its automation solutions is Ford’s Blue Oval City. Ford made a $5.6 billion investment, one of the largest investments in its 119-year history, to build a revolutionary all-new electric truck and advanced battery plant for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The nearly 6-square-mile mega-campus in West Tennessee will create about 6,000 new jobs when production begins in 2025.

Ford selected Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, to help meet the needs of manufacturing customers and achieve successful time-to-market on time.

“We’re building the future right here in West Tennessee,” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction. “This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to power America’s transition to electric vehicles.”

Ford is currently America’s #2 electric vehicle brand and is on track to be the global leader with a global production rate of nearly 2 million electric vehicles by the end of 2026.

“We are honored to be part of Ford’s journey to accelerate customer adoption of electric vehicles,” said Jane Barr, vice president, Global Industry Accounts at Rockwell Automation. “Our open systems approach ensures EV production is in line with the latest industry standards, regulations and customer expectations.”

Aside from Blue Oval City, Rockwell products and services are used at Ford’s automotive manufacturing complexes in Oakville, Canada, and Avon Lake, Ohio.

“We look forward to working closely with Ford and its ecosystem over the next few years to accelerate business results and expand the company’s position as a global leader in the electric vehicle market,” Moret concluded.




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