FORD SOLLERS starts a full cycle production of Ford Kuga SUV in SEZ Alabuga

16 October 2013
On October, 16th a solemn ceremony was held for the start of a full cycle production of the new Ford Kuga SUV in the “Ford Sollers” plant in SEZ Alabuga.

The opening ceremony was attended by Ildar Khalikov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ted Cannis, the President of Ford Sollers, Adil Shirinov, the executive director of Ford, V.A. Shdedtsov, the General Director of JSC "Sollers", and, as a special guest, William Clay Ford, the Chairman of Ford Board of Directors.

In his welcoming speech, Ted Cannis, the President of Ford Sollers, stated: "This is another important event in the history of Ford Sollers. We are very excited that we brought this beautiful car to Russia and now even produce it here. It's a great car that is done by the hands of this wonderful team. Each time we arrive at the factory we see more and more progress, and what a great job everyone is doing. We still have a lot of things to do and a lot of things to learn, but we will do it, because we have a great team!"

The great-grandson of Henry Ford, William Clay Ford Junior, warmly thanked all the partners and employees for their contribution to the common business and the presentation of the new car in the Russian Ford family: "I would like to say a sincere thanks to all our employees. I always believed that employees, who work in our company, are extended parts of one big single family, the Ford family. And the key to success in our future is in your hands. I would like to say a huge thank you to each of you for what you have done. I would like to wish you good luck in what you are going to do."

In his speech William Ford also said: "Ford is a family business and as a family business we are looking at all of our relationships on a long term basis. And when we look for a partner and choose a partner, we try to estimate the value of this relationship. And I am confident that we have found a good partner in Russia in the form of "Ford Sollers Yelabuga". And I am also sure that in the near future, Russia will be the center of the European automotive market."

After the speech a video broadcast about the production process and the new Ford Kuga SUV model were presented to the guests and employees. The guests of honor signed the hood of the new car and concluded the ceremony with a photo session. Before the end of this year, Ford plans to hire another 500 people for their Tatarstan plant.

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