With an investment of US$260 million, Ford de México starts operations of the Global Center for Technology and Business

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This new headquarters, located in the State of Mexico, will house all of Ford’s talent responsible for business operations and global transformation and simplification activities in key areas for the company.

This Monday the operations of the Global Technology and Business Center: GTBC (Global Technology and Business Center) of Ford of Mexico officially started.

The new headquarters is located in Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico and will house all of Ford’s talent responsible for business operations and global transformation and simplification activities in key areas for the company.

Similarly, within the facilities is the largest Automotive Engineering center in Mexico, and one of the most important in Latin America, where Ford’s first 100% electric vehicle will be produced.

The inauguration was presided over by Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company, and the Governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo, who highlighted the works and thanked the trust to invest in the entity.

We are very pleased to have in the State of Mexico one of the three global business and technology centers worldwide. There are only three centers and it is a great pride for the State of Mexico to have this center, which will have more than 9,000 people working, meeting, researching and living around this space”.

Alfredo del Mazo, Governor of the State of Mexico.

The new campus involved an investment of 260 million dollars and will function as a globalized center to support the different key operations of the company in the world, becoming a core axis for the transformation and modernization of the company.

Designed with a sustainable, holistic, avant-garde and inclusive approach, the GTBC will be able to house up to 9,000 employees in a hybrid work scheme.

It has a land of 19 hectares in which 4.3 hectares are designated as a protected ecological zone and 170,000m 2 of construction that integrates two core buildings: one that will be the headquarters of the Corporate Offices, with a capacity that will allow the talent behind del oval, another building for the largest Automotive Engineering Center in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America.

The new headquarters of Ford of Mexico is more than a new campus with modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology, it has been conceived to create an ecosystem that facilitates collaboration and innovation as an essential part of the global transformation of Ford Motor Company.

We want our entire team to always be proud of belonging to Ford, therefore, we always seek to offer them a space that reflects our commitment to their well-being, their professional and personal development.”

Jim Farley, CEO de Ford Motor Company.

“That’s why we built a people-centric campus that has all the critical attributes to create a life experience, not just a work experience,” added Farley.

“The site is attached to the latest trends in individual and collaborative work, within a hybrid work model, to offer the best possible experience to our team of collaborators”, reaffirmed Stuart Rowley, Executive Director of the Office of Transformation and Quality.

Mexico as a Center for Global Business Solutions

Since its arrival in Mexico, more than 97 years ago, the blue oval company has been characterized by its commitment to generating jobs in the country. Under a global transformation and modernization scheme of the business model, the GTBC houses the collaborators who work to lead the key operations in strategic areas for the corporation in: Product Development, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales, Post-sale, Information, Human Resources, Finance, among others.

Since 2021, the year in which Ford de México was selected as one of the three global business solution centers, the region has increased its talent attraction with 850 new professionals. This growth is 2.5 times greater than the initial objective and shows that Ford de México has great opportunities for growth.

Courtesy Ford.

During 2021 and 2022, Ford de México has contributed to 58 automation projects aligned to the Ford+ plan, achieving estimated lifetime savings of more than 175 million dollars.

“The decision to create the Global Technology and Business Center in Mexico was thanks to the trust that the corporation has in Mexican talent, characterized by attributes of quality and capacity for innovation, to contribute to the efforts of transformation and modernization of the business model. business,” said Laura Castro, director of the Center for Global Solutions in Mexico. “At the GTBC we will focus on collaborating, as well as taking advantage of the maximum potential of our talent to simplify our processes and design automated solutions from Mexico to the world.”

engineering center

This new complex is an integral part of Ford Motor Company’s global engineering network and an ideal space for automotive development.

The Engineering Center of Ford of Mexico has a staff of more than 2,800 engineers, it is currently the largest in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America; That is why the Product Development team has become the global benchmark in the generation of innovation ideas and patents among the engineering centers of the Ford world.

Ford’s Engineering and Product Development team in Mexico covers a broad spectrum of disciplines and specialties, ranging from the planning, design and computer-aided engineering stages, to full-scale validation and launch.

For this, there are recreational spaces that encourage creativity from the initial part of a project, to measurement and prototyping equipment, laboratories, an experimental garage, among other facilities for carrying out product design and testing, which will allow us to continue innovating. in products and services with the most advanced technology.

Within the equipment for physical tests, this center is equipped with environmental and solar simulation chambers, electrodynamic equipment for vibration, scanning and 3D trajectory tracking by means of cameras and artificial vision, robots, material analysis, a hexapod for tests fuel, among other technologies.

In the field of software development and electronic modules, these laboratories integrate state-of-the-art technology for the design and validation of future electrical architectures, this includes sophisticated simulators and testing equipment for electronic systems.

“We are very proud that any Ford vehicle worldwide includes Mexican engineering talent in its development,” said Marcos Pérez, Director of Product Development in Mexico.

Global Center for Technology and Business. Photo: Courtesy Ford Mexico

Commitment to the community

Ford has always had a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates, which is why, with the development of this new campus in the State of Mexico, the company, together with the local authorities, has provided infrastructure and accessibility with the implementation of facilities public electricity, drainage, creation of roads that will allow a faster and easier connection to the rest of the municipality with this new development.

For Ford, sustainability and care for the environment are a priority, so the new facilities in the municipality of Naucalpan will have 4.3 hectares designated as a protected ecological zone where the company has initiated reforestation sessions with endemic species.

On the other hand, a gabion wall has been developed, the largest of its kind in Latin America, which will allow the filtering of water in its natural course towards the ravine in order to prevent its erosion and feed the local riverbeds and dams.

In addition, among other actions in favor of the environment, the new GTBC will discharge wastewater to a treatment plant owned by the developer of the area, thus being a site considered zero discharge, since nothing will go to the municipal drainage.

“These actions are just one part of the brand’s sustainability plan, where Ford remains committed to giving back not only to the community, but to the planet, a little bit of everything it gives us, while demonstrating that its vision for innovation is not anchored only to vehicles, but also to the environment, people and their future”, reaffirmed Ludivina Osorio, Director of Ford Land Mexico, who led the campus construction project.

Constant growth

“Having the capacity to house up to 9,000 collaborators in a hybrid work scheme opens up the possibility of expanding collaboration with universities and expanding the brand’s operations in the country. We are very happy with this challenge, the opportunities that we see in the future for Ford of Mexico are many”, highlighted Carlos Valdez, Director of Human Resources.

With the start of operations in this new location and on its way to the future, today more than ever Ford continues to search for new talent.

Ford invites interested parties to learn about available vacancies. To visit https://bit.ly/3n6CvpW .

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