Ford has announced the official start of production for the Ranger pick-up truck at its Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant to help meet demand across the Asia Pacific region. Ford’s joint-venture facility, AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) will continue to remain as the company’s main production facility for the Ranger in the region.

The FTM facility, which currently makes the EcoSport, Focus and Fiesta, received an investment of US$186 million (about RM772 million) to allow for increased Ranger production, in anticipation of AAT reaching its maximum production capacity in the foreseeable future.

“The incremental Ranger volume will allow us to meet strong customer demand across the region for this Built Ford Tough truck,” said Mark Kaufman, president of Ford ASEAN. “Our additional investment in FTM also underscores our long-term confidence in Thailand, including the world-class quality being delivered by our workforce.”

Ford has invested a total of more than US$2.7 billion (about RM11 billion) between its wholly-owned (FTM) and joint-venture manufacturing facilities (AAT), and currently employs about 10,000 people in Thailand.

“On behalf of the Thailand Board of Investment, I would like to congratulate Ford Motor Company on this auspicious occasion. Ford continues to play an important role in the ongoing development of our automotive industry, and their latest milestone will help further strengthen Thailand’s position as a leading automotive manufacturing and export hub in the region,” said Hirunya Suchinai, secretary-general of Thailand Board of Investment.