KOCAELI, Turkey - Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli plant has become the first ever Ford facility to be added to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Lighthouse Network”.
Kocaeli, which produces Ford Transit, is among 10 new factories to join a network of 16 existing lighthouses worldwide.
The World Economic Forum’s “Global Lighthouse Network” is a community of manufacturers that have been acknowledged for showing leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive financial and operational impact.
As part of this network, Kocaeli will serve as a beacon to guide others to overcome challenges in upgrading systems and applying cutting-edge technologies such as AI, big data analytics and 3D printing.
“The global Lighthouse Network offers an unrivalled opportunity not only to highlight the transformational efforts of the world’s most advanced manufacturers but also, more importantly, to create a shared learning journey that will help manufacturers around the world, across value chains and of all sizes to access and capitalize on the positive potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Francisco Betti, Head of Advanced Manufacturing Industry, World Economic Forum.
Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli facility first opened in 2001 and is the largest commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in Europe.
It has been selected as a “lighthouse” in recognition of leveraging digital manufacturing and advanced automation to increasing its output by six per cent, and employee engagement by 45 per cent, without additional capital expenditure investment.