|Ford consequently continues its kinetic design with the new Ford Focus. Successful as well: the long-lasting cooperation between the OEM and the Trier Group manufacturing four components for the new Focus.
The common success story started eleven years ago in April 2000. On the initiative of their customer Volvo experts from Michelau travelled as favored suppliers to a plastics symposium in the USA. There they contacted Ford for the first time and one year later first agreements were signed with the OEM. “From the beginning a long-term cooperation was important for us,” emphasizes Key Account Manager Andreas Kiesewetter who has been in charge for the customer from the beginning. “To develop innovative concepts on a high level and thus broadening the own know-how, is not only an interesting challenge – together with the customer we also have competitive advantages on the market.”
Central solution, global production
With the common tasks the customer became more and more important for the Trier Group,
also concerning their international production sites. And before long the plants in Saline/USA
and Puebla/Mexico supplied parts for Ford, too. With the four components that Scherer & Trier now supplies for the new Ford Focus the company is making another debut. For the first time the customer is supplied globally with parts. Michelau supplies four parts for the European market, while the US plant in Michigan produces two parts for the US market.
“Energy in motion”
With the Ford kinetic design Ford has very high requirements concerning the design line.
Powerful dynamic is required for every detail. Scherer & Trier supplies the roof molding for
the four and five door models and the station wagon – a stretch-bent, extruded component. Each vehicle of the new model is also furnished with a water channel A pillar and the corresponding retainer molding– these two parts are produced at the US plant for the local market. Component number four is a fender triangle being produced in two versions. The high level version is produced with an aluminum tape that is missing at the low level version.
And the cooperation goes on. Next year the company in Michelau will produce illuminated
and non-illuminated sill plates for a future Ford model. “The product reflects our own requirements regarding visual appearance and functionality,” says Thomas Forsting who works as a resident engineer in the Ford development center. “Besides its modular applicability the sill plate also emphasizes the dynamic design of the vehicle.” And so the
course for the future is set.