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The answer is Ford, the Ford Motor Company, established by Henry Ford at the end of the First World War at Dearborn, near Detroit, Michigan, its global HQ. This plant produces 180 000 cars per year. Rayong in Thailand represents a more recent development in Asia producing 77 000 cars per year. In between, there isn’t a continent apart from Antarctica that hasn’t been touched by the Ford Motor Company.

The Big Question:

Who are the winners and the losers in the changing locations of the automotive industry?

The Task

The year is 2015; Ford in the three years time will be celebrating 100 years of mass production manufacturing. Your task is to publish a set of maps and graphs showing the growth and expansion of the Ford Motor Company in particular and the automotive industry in general. They should be annotated and maybe some animated. You might use PowerPoint or a Web authoring software to do this.

 

To answer the big question, you will need to research the enquiry questions. It should be balanced and look at the successes and the issues of the global car industry.

What are the meanings of key terms, like globalisation, trans-national corporations etc.
You will need to right click on the following files as source material to download it. Choose ‘Save Target as’

The Automotive Industry Revision Guide.doc

 

Where are Ford Motor Company plants? How has this changed?
You will need to right click on the following files as source material to download it. Choose ‘Save Target as’
Ford Plants.xls

It will help if you have appropriate maps – www.graphicmaps.com  are the clearest.
To find out the brands now owned by Ford, go to http://www.ford.com/en/default.htm

 

What happens at the plants? How big are they?
The useful web site is http://www.autointell.com/index.html  The details on individual company plants is at http://www.autointell.com/management/plant.htm.  It's not an easy site to navigate for geography but the search is function useful to speed up. You won’t need to pick on all the plants, but examples.

 

What is happening at the beginning of the 21st Century?
You will need to right click on the following files as source material to download it. Choose ‘Save Target as’
Ford Recent Developments.doc
Automotive Industry Developments.doc

 

Who benefits and who loses?
These are two views of the impact of the car industry on other parts of the world.
The BBC reported the closure of Dagenham for car assembly and this report has many links to further documents http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1830635.stm

Use the http://www.ford.com/en/default.htm  site and search for views on labour [labor] and globalisation should lead you to the Corporate Citizenship document.

John Pilger has created documentaries on the global economy – the accompanying website describes the proportion of income going to different countries when made in Korea.
http://pilger.carlton.com/globalisation/globalproduction 
The Green Party, the World Socialist We b Site and the Communist Party of Australia give even more radical perspectives.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/feb1999/volv-f04.shtml 
http://www.cpa.org.au/garchve5/1079ford.html
http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2000/12/enlargement.htm 

Think about the nature of evidence and reliability when using all sites in this enquiry. You can always look up using www.google.com .