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FordEngineering News reports that Ford SA has created around 1,200 incremental jobs by reintroducing a third shift to its operations at the Silverton assembly plant.

The additional shift forms part of the US auto maker’s $1.05-billion investment in the Pretoria plant to produce the next generation Ranger bakkie, starting next year. The plant is in the process of wrapping up a seven-week shutdown which saw the extensive modernisation of the facility in preparation for the new model. Production at the plant will include the new Volkswagen Amarok, as part of the global production agreement between Ford and Volkswagen. The implementation of a third shift sees the local Ford SA workforce grow from the current 4,200 employees to around 5,000 employees, with an additional 440 jobs created at the plant’s on-site service provider. The added working hours will see the Silverton plant operate around the clock, five days a week. The employees that were brought on board and trained in 2019 were given first option to take up the new positions. With the additional shift, the Silverton assembly plant will be capable of producing up to 720 vehicles a day, or 240 units a shift, which equates to one Ranger coming off the line every two minutes. Two-thirds of the Rangers produced will be exported to more than 100 global markets, as is the case with the current Ranger. The balance will be sold in SA.

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