Rockwell Automation, Inc. announced at the Automation Fair in Chicago a partnership with the Ford Motor Company for the joint development and implementation of assembly tooling designs and architectures for its following three EV assembly sites, as per CleanTechnica.
“We are strengthening the commitment to build world class electric vehicles for the future and fortifying the relationship between Rockwell and Ford that has been in place for more than 75 years,” said Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO Blake Moret.
Ford’s Blue Oval City is one of the sites where Rockwell will design, build, and install its automation solutions. The automaker invested $5.6 billion, one of the largest investments in its 119-year history, to construct an all-new revolutionary electric truck and advanced batteries plant for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
Situated in West Tennessee, the almost 6-square-mile mega campus will create an estimated 6,000 new jobs when production starts in 2025.
Ford picked Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, to help it reach on-time successful launches and meet production consumer demands.
“We are building the future right here in West Tennessee,” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction.
“This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to help lead America’s shift to electric vehicles.”
Ford to be a global leader by late 2026
Currently, Ford is America’s #2 EV brand and is on track to be a global leader with almost 2 million electric vehicle production run rate globally by late 2026.
“We’re honored to be a part of Ford’s journey to accelerate the rollout of EVs to customers,” Jane Barr, vice president, Global Industry Accounts at Rockwell Automation, said.
“Our open-system approach ensures EV production aligns with the latest industry standards, regulations, and customer expectations.”
Rockwell products & services utilized across Ford’s production complexes
Other than Blue Oval City, Rockwell products and services will be used across Ford’s automotive production complexes in Avon Lake, Ohio, and Oakville, Canada, according to the press release by the company.
“We look forward to working closely with Ford and its ecosystem over the next several years to accelerate business outcomes and advance the company’s position as a global leader in the electric vehicle market,” concluded Moret.