The Cargo Truck Cabin Production Partnership 2001-01-3881
The transfer of the Trucks and Pickup Trucks operation from Ipiranga to São Bernardo do Campo (SBC) enabled the Ford Motor Company Brasil Ltda. to implement an extremely efficient Cargo Truck production line. This operation has achieved high productivity rates, thanks to the partnership undertaken with Usiparts, a subsidiary of the Usiminas group.
This partnership process constituted a novel development for the organization since, for the first time in Brazil, Ford transferred a core operation to a partner, which is responsible for the entire cabin production chain, comprising the manufacture of stamped parts (which makes use of Usiminas' own steel), sub-assembling of panels, framing and welding of the cabins, sealing and painting.
Usiparts is responsible also for building the new subassembly fixtures and cells, having additionally provided the required investments.
The entire development of this new process was carried out by a multifunctional team, formed by specialists from both companies, with the aim of improving the process and eliminating any incidental ergonomic problems.
We may consider this partnership as a true “win-win” relationship, since both operations were able to avail themselves of the gains obtained, as we describe as follows.