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201405 Aug

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Ford Motor Company turned 111 years old on Monday, June 16, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the American auto manufacturer released a time lapse video that captures 24 hours in the life of the iconic company around the world.

 

Ford has an illustrious history of producing cars and has raked in several milestones along the way. This video is not just a tribute to the visionary Henry Ford who started it all with the legendary Model T, but also to all those employees who have been a part of the company’s glorious journey so far.  

 

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Edsel Ford drives his father, Henry, out of the Ford Highland Park Plant in the very last Model T ever made

 

The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903, the year the company was founded in America, and production started here in 1911, employing 60 people. By 1916, 55 per cent of all cars on the road were Model T Fords after Henry Ford’s pledge to give the world a ‘people’s car’. While other auto manufacturers wanted to design luxury cars, Henry Ford was focused to producing a car that everyone could afford.

 

The company went public in 1956 but the Ford family, through special shares, still retains 40 per cent voting rights. To date, it has sold more than 350 million vehicles worldwide.

 

The hyper lapse shows a cross-section of the company’s 183,000 employees, working in five continents and 130 countries, doing everything, from clay modelling to painting the ubiquitous transit vans. It showcases Ford’s operations across segments which includes cars being conceptualized, designed, built and assembled with the help of man and machine that roll out over 17,000 vehicles in a day across the globe.

 

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Ford Model Ts under construction at Ford's Piquette plant in Detroit, before production was shifted to the moving assembly line

 

The video was made using some 4,000 odd individual images that were stitched together to create sweeping camera movements. It also showcases the company’s ‘One Ford’ strategy that has helped the automaker reap efficiencies by designing and engineering vehicles that can be built and sold in all regions.

 

The ‘Moving Assembly Line’ which changed the manufacturing process of product globally was also invented by the legendary Henry Ford. The idea not only made the Model T more affordable and popular, it also changed industrialization for the generations to come.

 

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Two 1909 Ford Model T cars parked outside Ford's headquarters in Detroit during the company's 100th anniversary celebration

 

Check out the video below.

 

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