Prime Minister Blair Opens Advanced Dagenham Manufacturing And Learning Centres - The CEME Project | Part Two

The CEME project was established with some £37 million funding from a unique private/public partnership led by Ford and the London Development Agency, together with Barking and Havering Further Education Colleges and London Riverside Limited. It offers a world-leading learning environment specifically aimed at encouraging a diverse, socially inclusive and innovative range of learning activities to build engineering, manufacturing and business capabilities at the Heart of the Thames Gateway.

The two contemporarily designed buildings fulfill very different roles, while jointly representing a very significant initiative. The Dagenham Diesel Centre becomes the focus of Ford Motor Company diesel engine development and production and is a state-of-the-art facility that will create and build a new range of premium high technology diesel engines for Jaguar, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Ford Motor Company customers.

CEME will also support the training, education and development requirements of the Diesel Centre, but will also offer a focal point for learning within the local community and for small and medium-size businesses in the area.

Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC)

The new Dagenham Diesel Centre is at the vanguard of Ford Motor Company's global diesel engine engineering and manufacturing capabilities. It is the first major new building on the Dagenham Estate for more than 30 years and, with contemporary design and workplace layout, has industry-leading integration of both office space and production areas.

It will function alongside the existing Dagenham Engine Plant, which produces Ford's current diesel family, the Ford Duratorq engines available in the Focus, Mondeo, Transit Connect and Transit. This plant, which has just built its 33-millionth engine, will continue to produce these and to focus on engine machining for the new V6 diesel engine.

The DDC covers an area of 44,530 square metres, equivalent to seven football pitches, and has pioneered the development of cross-functional business groups for Ford Motor Company, combining design and production engineers with the manufacturing teams, purchase and quality control operations and support staff, all under one roof.

continues... | Part Three
Published 11 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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