Ford ramps up global production of EcoBoost engines

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: September 18, 2013 12:38 pm ET
Updated: September 18, 2013 12:49 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Sustainability
Companies & Associations Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is ramping up production of its EcoBoost engines globally, with a multi-million dollar investment in North America alone to increase production of the engines, which use high temperature plastics extensively.

The 2 millionth vehicle using EcoBoost rolled off an assembly line in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 10 — an Escape sports utility vehicle using a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford said in a Sept. 17 news release.

In North America, 90 percent of Escape buyers opt for the optional EcoBoost engine, while in Asia, 95 percent of buyers get the EcoBoost on the Escape's sister vehicle, the Kuga.

Even in Europe, which favors diesel engines for fuel performance, the EcoBoost has been a solid performer, with 39 percent of Ford's vehicles sold using the engine. When Ford first began selling the power charged version of a V6 engine in its F-150 truck as a fuel saving option to the eight-cylinder, it hoped that 25 percent of the buyers would buy the option. It now sells 42 percent of its F-150s with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Ford's power-boosting engine is smaller, but the combination of turbochargers, direct injection technology and variable valve timing manages to improve performance while cutting fuel consumption by 20 percent, the Dearborn, Mich.-based carmaker said.

Nylon and other plastics are used in a variety of parts on the EcoBoost program, including an injection molded turbo resonator within a blow molded duct, along with cam cover, hoses and other key parts.

Ford said it will invest nearly $200 million in Cleveland to build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine starting in 2014.

In Europe, Ford is doubling production capacity in Cologne, Germany, to make more than 1,000 engines per day. Cologne has also started building a 1.0-liter engine for the North American market. The engine will go into the 2014 Fiesta, which goes on sale later this year.

Ford will begin building the 1.0-liter EcoBoost at its new Changan Ford plant in China soon to meet demand for the engine in Asia.


Comments

Ford ramps up global production of EcoBoost engines

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: September 18, 2013 12:38 pm ET
Updated: September 18, 2013 12:49 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Simple lightweighting in packaging, caps not so simple anymore

October 22, 2014 4:16 pm ET

The days of finding simple ways to remove additional weight — and costs — from plastic bottles are over, according to one expert.    More

Image

Ford's final ACH plant, injection molder of HVAC systems, to close

October 22, 2014 1:58 pm ET

Ford Motor Co. will shed the last line of business in 9-year-old Automotive Component Holdings LLC by December when ACH closes its Plymouth, Mich.,...    More

Image

Unilever uses foaming in new bottle

October 22, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Foaming is a good alternative to thin-walling for reducing plastic use in consumer goods packaging, according to a Unilever plastics expert.    More

Image

Bioplastics, design join forces for SOMA

October 21, 2014 11:33 am ET

A polylactic acid made by Germany's Fraunhofer UMSICHT is a key part of the Soma home water filtration system, which its developers call the...    More

Image

BASF targets coffee and automotive connoisseurs with new resin grades

October 21, 2014 2:07 pm ET

BASF SE is using polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which is normally used to manufacture high-end electronics, in a food consumer packaging product.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events