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FORD SEARCHING FOR EMPLOYEE INNOVATORS

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) employees have some better ideas -- 168 of them to be exact. Now, the search is on for even more.
 The company this month kicks off the 1993 Henry Ford Technology Award program. The annual event recognizes employees whose ideas turn into technological breakthroughs that help cut costs and product- development time, while improving quality for the customer. It is the highest technical honor an employee can receive.
 "The Henry Ford Technology Award is our Nobel prize, our Pulitzer, our Academy Awards all rolled into one," explained Dr. John McTague, vice president of Ford's Technical Affairs.
 Since the award began in 1981, 340 employees have been honored for 168 different technical innovations.
 Many of those innovations are now in use on vehicles and in manufacturing:
 -- Nine 1993-model Ford vehicles are equipped with a next-generation speed-control system. Using electronics rather than vacuum control, the system is smaller and more accurate than its predecessor and has earned five patents, with eight others pending. Its developers are 1992 Technology Award winners.
 -- Ford's Service Bay Diagnostic System receives wide praise from the Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships who use it to detect hard-to- find or intermittent vehicle problems. Its developers won a 1991 Technology Award.
 -- All Ford assembly plants utilize a paint-control system that keeps paint at a constant temperature for more consistent application and appearance. Its developer was a 1986 Technology Award winner.
 This summer, Ford executives will be scouring the company in search of nominees for the 1993 Henry Ford Technology Award program. Employees from around the globe are eligible. Last year, 14 awards were handed out to 43 employees during an awards ceremony in December.
 "The future of our company is our technology," McTague said. "Our scientists and engineers are the ones who generate new knowledge. The Henry Ford Technology Award program is concrete recognition of the importance of scientists and engineers to our future."
 That future includes the most comprehensive product-development program in Ford history -- including introducing 14 new vehicles in North America during the next two years. Over the past five years, Ford has invested a record $30 billion in new products and facilities worldwide. During the next five years, spending is expected to continue at record levels.
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 /CONTACT: Pam Kueber, 313-337-2456, or John Jelinek, 313-322-5247, both of Ford/
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