As Ford moves closer to the end of its Australian manufacturing operations, this week marked one more sad milestone along the way: the last engines to be produced at its Geelong plant have been boxed up and shipped out.
The final bell will toll on October 7, but, just as production of the Falcon Ute ended in July, the company’s engine building operation is the latest to finish up.
The Geelong factory has been in operation since 1925, building cars alongside their engines until the late 1950s. Although no official number exists for engines produced since then, it is understood that around 4.5 million engines have come out of the plant since the ’60s.
In a statement released this week, the company said: “We captured the moment with our engine plant team and plan to celebrate all milestones with our full manufacturing team on October 7.
“We will also celebrate the living legacy of our iconic vehicles – including our product development teams and facilities put in place to make Falcon a world-class vehicle – with our most enthusiastic fans soon after production ends.”
The final engines, fittingly an inline six and a V8, were produced this week ahead of the October 7 shutdown of Ford’s Broadmeadows assembly line.
The end of manufacturing will be a sad note in Ford’s history, but the company has taken significant steps to help workers move into new roles internally and elsewhere.
It has also committed to a huge engineering and design program in Australia, helping to maintain our region’s role as a key player in the global automotive industry.
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