Ford and Corning are working together to improve supply chain

Ford said Thursday it will work with U.S. manufacturer Corning to help ensure uninterrupted supplies of U.S.-made Gorilla Glass and other key technologies for several of its future global product lines. In partnership with…

Ford and Corning are working together to improve supply chain

Ford said Thursday it will work with U.S. manufacturer Corning to help ensure uninterrupted supplies of U.S.-made Gorilla Glass and other key technologies for several of its future global product lines.

In partnership with Corning, Ford announced the creation of a so-called fast-track program to identify and eliminate potential import barriers to key manufacturing supplies like Corning’s glass, aluminum extrusions and ceramic substrates. In addition, the automaker will contribute thousands of pounds of machinery and equipment that will be used in Corning’s facilities in Kentucky and Alabama.

The new partnership is expected to have a significant impact on Ford’s ability to source and produce supplies for its future product lines in the U.S. without disruptions to the current flow of U.S.-made supplies.

“Our commitment to collaborate with Corning underscores our commitment to help ensure the very best and safest supply chain for our customers and share our many, many successes — and our experience in ensuring steady supply,” said Rich Garcia, vice president of corporate purchasing at Ford. “We’re one of the largest, if not the largest, automaker in the world, and with this partnership we’re able to support Corning by ensuring a smooth manufacturing supply stream to meet our needs.”

“Corning has a long history of supporting the American automotive industry,” said Henry T. Godinho, executive vice president and chief business officer of Corning. “Ford has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and industry diversity, and we’re honored to be partnering with them to help assure the health of the U.S. automotive supply chain.”

This is the latest in a series of alliances that Ford has struck to ensure a steady supply of quality and dependable parts for its auto production facilities. In 2012, Ford formed a multi-year partnership with Honeywell to build rocket motors for its F-series Super Duty trucks. In 2016, the auto maker created a partnership with Master Lock to ensure safe storage of all of the keys to its U.S. production facilities.

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