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FORD OPENS CHINA OFFICE

 FORD OPENS CHINA OFFICE
 BEIJING, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford International Business


Development (IBD), Inc., today established a liaison office here to coordinate with the Chinese Government and industry officials on possible business ventures.
 "The office will be an important liaison between Ford and Chinese authorities," said O.B. Marx III, Ford vice president, Automotive Components Group, in a dedication ceremony. "It is a natural extension of the talks that began early this year to explore areas of cooperation between Ford and Chinese automotive firms."
 Located in the Jing Guang Centre, the office will be headed by David T. McKee, a Ford veteran with 28 years of company service, who was recently named vice president of Ford IBD, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F).
 "We have been very pleased with the cooperation and interest shown by our Chinese hosts," Mr. Marx continued. "They have welcomed us and provided a great deal of encouragement."
 Ford strongly believes that China presents solid business opportunities with plenty of growth potential, Mr. Marx asserted. "Demand for passenger cars and light trucks continues to outstrip available supply. Chinese Government plans call for vehicle production of nearly 2 million units by the year 2000," he added.
 "We have been impressed with the technical competence of China's industry and the eagerness of its people," Mr. Marx said. "We believe that these resources, combined with our training and technology, can help the Chinese auto industry become more internationally competitive."
 Over the past 10 years, Ford has conducted numerous two-year training programs for Chinese engineers in its U.S. operations. "We have been pleased to see many Ford-trained engineers in important positions on our recent visits to Chinese automotive manufacturers," Mr. Marx commented.
 He said that Ford's contribution to Chinese business ventures may include introduction of its high-quality product and systems design and manufacturing capabilities, and technologies and skills in product development, manufacturing and management. Although plans are not yet firm, several component systems are candidates for introduction to China.
 Ford's Automotive Components Group (ACG) operations in Ford and its affiliates supply automotive systems and components on a global basis to Ford and other automotive companies.
 There are 51 wholly owned Ford ACG manufacturing facilities as well as joint ventures in 13 countries, technical centers in five countries, and revenues of about $8 billion (U.S.) in 1991. ACG is comprised of five divisions that have product design, development and manufacturing capability, as follows:
 -- Climate Control Division products include engine cooling, heating and air-conditioning systems, and radiators.
 -- Electrical and Fuel Handling Division products include starting and charging systems, ignition systems and fuel-delivery systems.
 -- Electronics Division products include powertrain and vehicle control systems (electronic engine and transmission controllers, electronic anti-lock brakes, speed-sensitive power steering), instrumentation and driver information systems (digital displays, trip computers, automatic climate control), and entertainment/communication systems (radio/cassette/CD players, Ford JBL Audio Systems, cellular telephones).
 -- Glass Division operations provide virtually all the glass for Ford's North American-produced cars and trucks. They also supply automotive glass to other manufacturers and the aftermarket and architectural glass for commercial markets.
 -- Plastic and Trim Products Division products include plastic components for automotive exterior (for example, bumpers) and interior (for example, instrument panels) systems, soft trim and seats. It is a major supplier of these systems to Ford in North America.
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