November 1, 2007

Ford to collaborate on automotive technology research and development with Chinese universities

Shanghai, China – The Ford Motor Company has announced a strategic academic alliance with two of China’s most prestigious universities, to increase efforts on the research and development of automotive technologies and sustainable mobility. The partnerships, with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) and Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) mark the first time that Ford has established formal academic partnerships with universities in mainland China.

“NUAA and SJTU are widely renowned for their leading scientific research programs and academic reputations,” says Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, vice president of Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford. “The alliances with Ford will allow for high-level collaboration that will enhance mutual scientific and educational capacities, and leverage each other’s strengths and resources in the co-development of automotive technologies.”

NUAA has strong capabilities in the fields of aluminum sheet forming and diesel engine performance enhancement; Ford intends to work with NUAA on furthering these programs, and help develop technologies and identify solutions that promote environmental conversation through reduced vehicle weight and improved fuel efficiency. The partnership also represents a strategic geographic significance for Ford, as Nanjing is the site of its joint-venture operation Changan Ford Mazda.

Ford has been working with SJTU since 1993, when the Ford China Research and Development Fund was established. In 2006, SJTU became the second university outside the U.S. to receive two University Research Program sponsorships from the automaker; technical knowledge exchange, education and training are closely tied to collaborative projects between the two, and to date, more than ten Ford researchers have been appointed as guest professors by SJTU.

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