Ford adding 400 engineers, r&d centers, in connected-car push
- Author: Santos West Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 0:35
"Today's investments will help create and maintain nearly 800 great jobs for Canadians in Windsor and across Ontario, while equipping Canadians with the skills they need to design and build the cars of the future", Trudeau said in a statement.
The new Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre in Canada will focus on research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features and autonomous vehicles, said Ford.
The union did not breakdown the Windsor investment between Windsor Engine and Essex Engine, but most, if not all of the investment, is expected to go toward the Essex plant.
The establishment of the centre in Ottawa is another major boost for automotive research in Ontario, which has traditionally been a location for vehicle and parts production by the Canadian units of the Detroit Three auto makers while research and development for North America was performed nearly entirely in MI.
In what has been a busy week, Ford announced a C$1.2 billion investment into its Canadian operations with C$600 million going to the Essex Engine Plant in Windsor.
The global market for connected vehicles will exceed US$131 billion by 2019, after growing 30 per cent annually, according to a study by Transparency Market Research that was cited by Ford.
The Government of Ontario will contribute an additional $102.4 million.
That is why the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment of $102.4 million to Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
"Technology and innovation never stand still, so it's essential that Ontario's auto sector keeps driving ahead to remain globally competitive", said Brad Duguid, Ontario's minister of economic development, employment and infrastructure, said in a statement.
Ford will be establishing an advanced manufacturing program in Windsor and also a research/engineering centre is being launched in the nation's capital.
"This investment demonstrates how Ford is transforming to be both an auto and mobility company". The bulk of the new outlays is earmarked for a "major engine program" at the Essex plant. "With strategic partnerships, Canada can compete and win in the global auto industry".
It was also an emotional day for Unifor president Jerry Dias and Local 200 president Chris Taylor, who negotiated a new labor agreement with Ford at the conceptual buzzer back in November 2016. In June of previous year, for instance, General Motors made an announcement with Trudeau in Oshawa, Ontario outlining the creation of new engineering jobs and the new Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham, Ontario.