Ford, Rockwell partner for electric vehicle assembly technology

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

“We are reinforcing the commitment to build world-class electric vehicles for the future and strengthening the relationship between Rockwell and Ford that has existed for more than 75 years,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO of Rockwell Automation.

One of the sites where Rockwell will design, build and install its automation solutions is Ford’s Blue Oval City. Ford has invested $5.6 billion, 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. Located in West Tennessee, the nearly 6-square-mile mega campus will create approximately 6,000 new jobs when manufacturing begins in 2025.

Ford selected Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest industrial automation and digital transformation company, to help it meet manufacturing customer demands and achieve successful, timely launches.

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

Ford is currently the No. 1 electric vehicle brand in the world.

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

In addition to Blue Oval City, Rockwell products and services will be utilized at Ford’s automotive manufacturing facilities located in Oakville, Canada, and Avon Lake, Ohio.

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




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