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Ford’s Future Relies on Its Manufacturing Prowess

Technology is going to lead, but old school rules will ensure success.

by Joseph Szczesny on Feb.08, 2019

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of Global Operations, meets with the media after the announcement that Ford would pump $1B into the Chicago plant.

As the auto industry stands on the cusp of a huge upheaval, Ford Motor Co. is pursuing a strategy that not only looks to new technology, but also relies on the deft use of the manufacturing skills that were instrumental in the company’s rise more than a century ago.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, Global Operations, said the billion-dollar investment the company is making in its manufacturing operations in Chicago, where the company has some 6,000 blue-collar workers and plans to add 500 more in the few months, will depend utilize both the latest automation but also the human touch.

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“We’re going to have a new, highly-automated paint shop and body shop,” said Hinrichs talking about Ford’s future plans with reporters at the Chicago Auto Show. But Ford is also depending on the skill of its employees to build the new Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.as well as specialty vehicles such as the police interceptor that is based on the Explorer.   (more…)

China Suspends Punitive Tariffs on US During Negotiations

Tariff halt is for three months.

by Michael Strong on Dec.14, 2018

Chinese fans of American cars can rejoice – if only for three months – as the extra 25% tariff on autos has been suspended.

Shortly after the U.S. and China declared a truce, China put forth a goodwill gesture, announcing it will temporarily suspend additional 25% tariff on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts starting Jan. 1, 2019.

The 25% tariff came oddly enough just after China reduced the levy to 15% earlier this year, but when President Donald Trump decided to increase tariffs on China, the country immediately pushed it back up to 40%.

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The Ministry of Finance, in a statement on its website, the two sides can expedite talks to remove all additional tariffs on each other’s goods. For now, the suspension will last for three months. The impact in some places was immediate. (more…)

Despite Concerns, Ford Says Launch of All-Aluminum F-150 Pickup is on Track

Key analyst expects slow changeover, low margins, other problems.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jun.24, 2014

The launch of the 2015 Ford F-150 is "going well," insists President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

With the formal sales launch of Ford’s new, aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup approaching fast, there are new concerns being raised about the ground-breaking project and its potential impact on the maker if the market’s best-selling truck runs into unexpected glitches.

A new report from Morgan Stanley echoes worries raised by other analysts who question whether Ford will get the 2015 F-150 right immediately out of the box. Morgan Stanley’s summary cautions there could be a “near-term negative surprise.”

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But don’t tell that to Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the America, who contends “the launch is going well, adding that, “Everything is on schedule and everything is going as planned.”  Hinrichs dismissed the new report during a meeting with reporters at Ford’s Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan on Tuesday, adding that, “I’m very confident in this vehicle.” (more…)

A Little Slowdown Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing, Suggests Ford’s Hinrichs

Americas chief says it helps keep capacity and demand in line – and maintains discipline.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.16, 2013

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the recent slowdown in sales may have been a good thing for automakers.

Whether you call it a statistical fluke or not, September saw U.S. car sales slow down a bit, and there are some signs that October could come in weak, as well, as a result of the government shutdown and deficit battle.  But at least one senior industry executive isn’t entirely upset.

The unexpectedly strong pace of the U.S. auto industry’s growth during the first eight months of the year threatened to stretch capacity to the limits, says Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.’s President of the Americas. Worse, it could encourage “certain behaviors” that nearly drove Ford into bankruptcy much like cross-town rivals General Motors and Chrysler.

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In a wide-ranging interview with TheDetroitBureau.com, Hinrichs acknowledges that “Our competitors and we all thought September would be stronger than it was,” car sales declining 4.2% for the month, the first time volume had dipped on a year-over-year basis in 27 months. (more…)